herald

Thursday 17 August 2017

Hoping to get all clear for festival

I'm itching to get back to Ballybrit for huge week

Robbie Power will miss out on riding Flaviana in Limerick this evening
Robbie Power will miss out on riding Flaviana in Limerick this evening

Today is a big day for me as I have to go to Naas and sit a concussion test to find out if I'll be fit for the Galway Festival next week at Ballybrit.

There is no doubt about it, 2017 has been an incredible year and the best of my career but there have been a few injuries along the way and it's not the first time I'm facing a race against time to be fit for a big meeting.

I was determined at the start of the year that I wanted to be back for Sizing John in the Irish Gold Cup and next week's Galway Festival is not a meeting I want to miss, especially with Jessie (Harrington) priming Sandymount Duke for the Galway Plate.

Galway is still a few days away yet but it is one of the flagship weeks in our sport and everyone wants to be there. The Galway Hurdle and Galway Plate are the two stand-out races and there's a lot of prize money on offer so I'm itching to get back there.

Sandymount Duke will go there with a live chance after winning his last three starts, two over fences and one on the Flat.

I've nothing secured for the Galway Hurdle as of yet and Jessie has no entry in the race, but there's still time and we'll just try and get over this morning first.

I feel good and I am confident that the test will go well and they will give me the all clear to return to racing on Monday evening. I've been to my dentist three times in the last week and he's happy so fingers crossed it all goes well.

A few years ago, it was probably a bit easier to get back racing quicker after a bang to the head but thankfully standards have changed and the concussion test is there to look after us. We do a baseline test every two years so this morning I have to match that to be cleared.

I was fairly sure last weekend I was going to miss a winner on The Birdie Crowe and she duly obliged in good form and by all accounts the race didn't knock a spot off her. Born To Size ran a nice race for Liam Burke and the Potts family in Tipperary too so, hopefully, they are two nice horses I can look forward to getting back on. Today at Limerick I'm missing Flaviana for Jessie and I think she has a really good chance.

She was second on her first start over fences and has had another couple of runs since but it looks a decent opportunity for her. Paul Nolan runs At Rainbow's End in the same race and I've also partnered her a few times and she would likely be the biggest danger to Flaviana.

Tomorrow, at Wexford, Jessie may run A Sizing Network in the handicap chase and he could potentially defy top weight there. He'll definitely have come on from his first run at Kilbeggan last week as he hadn't had a run since Thurles prior to that. He would look to have a solid chance.

Promoted articles

Entertainment News