If the long-awaited positive news from Cheltenham seemed unbearable on Friday, take a moment and think about Lizzie Kelly. Sidelined after breaking her arm on 10th October, Lizzie is now fit to ride Siruh Du Lac on Saturday’s BetVictor Gold Cup staged in Cheltenham.
According to Kelly, Siruh Du Lac will be the perfect comeback ride for her. The horse is a smooth ride with the right fractions, making it hard for everyone in the race to win. Earlier in March, this horse came past the stands in Cheltenham, making it hard for any rider to come back at him on this ground. He’s good at traveling and jumping, and he also likes Cheltenham, which has been a good place for Kelly.
Since early May, Kelly has featured in only eight rides after suffering an injury right before the arrival of the Winter ground, which marks the beginning of the jumping campaign. Kelly is the kind of jockey who rides over 100 times a year, making her major victories even more impressive. As such, a win in this race would be as valuable as wagering with the Royal Ascot betting site, since it would overtake the £88,000 Betfair Hurdle and the £84,000 Grade One Betway Bowl.
Talking about her latest spells on the sidelines, Kelly says things were tough. She was sidelined until she was race fit, and when her weight was right, she thought horse Rococo River would win. However, everything went sideways, though she expected that to be a beginning for her journey to the top again.
Kelly’s main aim for the season was to ride the two winners, signaling that she’s a professional jockey. Unfortunately, she couldn’t make her dreams come true, though her brother, Chester stepped up and softened the blow. She’s happy to see that it’s her brother riding them, but she would have probably recorded the most significant achievement of her career if she was the one at the helm.
The talented jockey has already confirmed that she’ll be riding the progressive Monsieur Le Coq, who’s been recently going down in favoritism. However, Siruh Du lac is the main horse she plans to be riding. Last season, the horse remained unbeaten in about four races, being only six years old.
Lizzie says Siruh Du Lac is among her favorites as he’s just electrical when you’re riding him. As a jockey, she can see whether she a long-jump or something sensible, and the horse will make the right decision. This horse is also very accurate, getting in tight on only one fence during its last festival. As such, he’s very confident when jumping.