Wednesday 17 January 2018

Katie Walsh: Broadway Buffalo can go close in the Scottish National

Broadway Buffalo
Broadway Buffalo

Aintree marked the end of another major jump Festival and signalled that the Hunt season is nearing a conclusion but we still have Punchestown to come and the Scottish Grand National takes place at Ayr tomorrow.

There's a few strong Irish contenders going over for the race, which has a very attractive prize fund, but a horse called Broadway Buffalo, who I rode to finish second behind Cause Of Causes at the Cheltenham Festival, is the one that I think could take a bit of beating this time around.

The four-mile trip is a gruelling one but one that we know he'll take it in his stride after his run at Cheltenham and you can be sure that David Pipe has has him spot on for tomorrow.

There's a few horses there that bring Cheltenham form to the table tomorrow and Indian Castle is another. He was fourth behind The Druids Nephew at Cheltenham and that could well be a good form line as The Druids Nephew looked like running a big race at Aintree before exiting last week and Irish-born jockey Will Kennedy partners him and he's been riding particularly well recently.

Speaking of Aintree and while I didn't get to see much of the coverage live at the time as I was over there as the lady ambassador for the meeting, I did see a lot of it when I came home and I thought it was a meeting that certainly showed how much the horses mean to the people in the industry.

Balthazar King got a heavy fall in the National but is recovering well after his fall and Arctic Fire seems none the worse after Thursday but to see Aidan Coleman wearing the helmet camera and going over to his horse afterwards and speaking to him as if it was a person and to see Oliver Sherwood's delighted after he was told that Many Clouds was fine, despite the fact he couldn't return to the winners' enclosure immediately definitely helps because the National is a race that some outlets love to give bad publicity to and this proves to a wider audience how much the horses really mean to us.

I suppose Ruby got a bit of credit for waving the runners past the fence where Balthazar King was but he just did what anyone would have in that situation. Anyone there would have tried to give an extra pair of hands to help out and it just so happened to be Ruby on that occaion.

My husband Ross runs Dai Bando in a maiden at Dundalk tonight and Intrepid Glory, who runs in a first handicap, and hopefully both will run well.

Thoughts are with Robbie Mac and Davy

Naturally enough, the thoughts of everyone this week in racing and further afield have been with Robbie Mac and his family after he sustained horrible injuries in a fall at Wexford last Friday evening.

It’s certainly not an easy time for them and something like that puts everything into perspective and it highlights how brave jockeys are when they go out there every day but they don’t think of the dangers – they can’t. However, when something like this happens it is devastating for everybody and we just wish him all the best on his road to recovery.

We also wish Davy Condon all the best after his fall in Saturday’s Grand National. Davy had a horrible fall last year and suffered a similar injury and now looks like facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines and an operation on his neck so fingers crossed for him also.

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