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Sunday 17 December 2017

It will be poignant day after passing of Potts

Robbie Power with Alan Potts after Fox Norton won the Boylesports Champion Chase at Punchestown in April. Pic: Alain Barr
Robbie Power with Alan Potts after Fox Norton won the Boylesports Champion Chase at Punchestown in April. Pic: Alain Barr

It will be a poignant day at Clonmel tomorrow as the colours of Alan and Ann Potts appear on a racecourse for the first time since Alan's sudden death this week.

I only started riding for Alan when the horses moved to Jessie's but we had a brilliant six months together and became good friends over that time.

It was a lifetime ambition for both Alan and Ann to win the Gold Cup and it was fantastic that both were there to witness Sizing John's day at Cheltenham and it was a wonderful Aintree and Punchestown too to cap off the season.

Memory

The family will keep the horses going though and they've a great interest but it is also exactly what Alan would have wanted so hopefully the horses will continue to keep running well in his memory.

At Clonmel today I ride Beyond The Law in the opening maiden hurdle for Mouse Morris and if he was to come back to his best form he would have a chance.

Beyond The Law ran very well at Gowran Park behind West Coast Time over two miles and we probably made a bit of a mistake at Punchestown by riding him too handy and we'll be a bit more conservative today and hopefully we can see the best of him again.

It looks an open race, there's a couple that have obvious chances on form but plenty to pick holes in too and I know the trip and the ground will suit my lad so fingers crossed for a good run.

The last winner Alan got to see was Magic Of Light at Fairyhouse last week and she will line up in the listed mares chase today and she'd have to be there with a chance.

Slowmotion is rated 144 and has plenty of experience and at the other end of the scale Dinaria Des Obeaux was impressive first time and is suited by the conditions of the race with just 9st11lbs on her back but we couldn't be happier with Magic Of Light since Fairyhouse and hopefully she'll pick up some valuable blacktype. She seems to be progressing the right way.

Upperhand

The Clonmel Oil looks a good race this year and Gigginstown certainly have the upperhand with four runners and I'd say A Toi Phil is the pick of them. He beat Balko Des Flos comfortably last time and I don't see any reason for a reversal of that form here.

Champagne West would be a horse with a chance but I'd probably just stick with A Toi Phil because he's had a couple of runs under his belt already this season.

Roaring Bull would look another one for the Gigginstown team in the conditions hurdle.

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