On Saturday afternoon in the concluding race of the 2019 Punchestown Festival respected horse racing journalist Thom Malone gets the chance to accomplish his lifelong dream and ride in a race.
The Punchestown Charity Race raises much needed funds for Kidney Research. This well-intentioned event is in its thirtieth year, it’s the brainchild of James Nolan, himself a kidney transplant recipient.
Malone is a familiar face in the wonderful world of Irish horse racing, mostly for his contributions to the Racing post video content platform ‘What’s The Word’. Unquestionably Malone is an all-round-good-guy and never once in my career have I ever heard anyone say a bad word about this gentleman.
He has put the hard graft in to get raise an outstanding €1,510 to-date for the Kidney Research and I’m certain he will receive further donations on the day.
Who is he riding in this elusive charity race you ask? Can you believe it Malone is riding the Damián English trained Geological. This bargain buy was acquired for less than £1000 and to-date this sensational horse he has won his connections well over £100,000 in prize money.
“This confirmed front-runner relishes to bowl along on the front end with his customary ‘catch me if you can’ persona”.
The distance of this race today is a slight apprehension (1m7f), as this speedster is customarily kept within the yardages up to one mile nevertheless I’m certain if Malone can steal a lead at the beginning the rest of the field will be hurtling in vein, surely nothing in this field has the natural speed to go with Geo? Malone will need to gauge his petrol wisely as he wouldn’t want to go off like the clappers and the remainder of the field to catch him close to home.
Malone should be very proud of this once in a lifetime opportunity he has accomplished. Let’s hope he win the race, now that would be something else!
Good luck Thom.