Daryl Jacob reflects on Cheltenham and previews his Saturday rides

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Our columnist reflects on Bristol De Mai's fine run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and looks ahead to four rides at Kempton on Saturday.

I couldn’t have been happier with Bristol De Mai in the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup. He travelled and jumped really well through the race and I thought I had a huge chance between the last two fences.

He’s run a fantastic race and there’s a strong possibility he’ll head to the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree now. That’s a ride I’d really look forward to.

We Have A Dream was right back to his very best in the Randox Health County Hurdle, finishing second to Ch’tibello. It was a huge run for a five-year-old under a big weight and I’m very excited at the thought of him going chasing next season.

I was disappointed with Adjali in the JCB Triumph Hurdle and he just seemed to struggle in the ground a little. We’ll get him home and reassess but there’s a chance he could go to Aintree too where better ground would suit.

I head to Kempton for four rides on Saturday including El Terremoto in the Matchbook Silver Bowl Handicap Chase. He ran well when second at Kelso last time on his first start after a little break and the track there was sharp enough for him. He’ll run well.

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I won on Star Of Lanka at Hereford in November and he felt like a nice horse that day. He’s run well since too and I’m looking forward to getting back on him in the Matchbook VIP Silver Plate Handicap Hurdle. I’ve ridden a few winners for Warren Greatrex this season and this horse would have a chance of providing us with another.

Minella For Me has a big weight in the Matchbook Casino Handicap Chase but must go close. He’s four pounds higher for winning at Wetherby last time and looks to have a solid chance.

My final ride is The Enchanter in the closing Matchbook Best Value Exchange Maiden Open NH Flat Race. He’s a debutant, trained by Sam Thomas. He was an expensive purchase and is well bred so I’m hoping for the best.


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