Monday 2nd April 2018
Irish Grand National Day
The final day of this Easter Bank Holiday Weekend see’s another thrilling jumps card on offer at Fairyhouse on Irish Grand National Day. It see’s various horses who did battle at Cheltenham go at it again. Here are my fancies….
2.10 – Novice Handicap Hurdle (2m)
A really competitive Novice Hurdle kicks things off at Fairyhouse on Irish Grand National Day and as you can imagine its an extremely competitive affair.
As my original selection is now a Non Runner in Bananango i’ve deceided to side with QUAMINO for the in form Paul Nolan yard. Bryan Cooper takes the ride and if performing at the same level as the last day he could well go close again.
QUAMINO – 7/1 (E/W)
2.45 – Rathberry & Glenview Studs Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) (2m)
The 2.45 is next for this fabulous card and it’s a Grade 2 Novice Hurdle ridden over two miles.
I’ve got two selections here and the first of these is the market leader GETABIRD for Willie Mullins. He was ultimately very disappointing in the Supreme at Cheltenham however he got too free that day and burnt himself out a long way from home. If he settles better here I think he’s going to be very hard to beat.
The other one I like here as an each way alternative is SAYAR also for Willie Mullins. I was a big fan of this horse at the start of the season when he won he won his two starts for Willie in impressive style before getting a set back. If tuned up he could well run a big one. Veneer Of Charm the Martin Pipe winner is worth watching in the betting.
GETABIRD – 5/4
SAYAR – 8/1 (E/W)
3.15 – Fairyhouse Steel Handicap Hurdle (2m 6f)
Another extremely competitive affair up next a handicap hurdle ridden over two miles and six furlongs.
The one i’m going to take a chance on here is SHANNAK for the Mullins pair. He’s on a career high mark today following a good run the last day which isn’t ideal however he loves it around this track and especially this trip. He could well defy the mark and put in another bold showing here.
SHANNAK – 10/1 (E/W)
3.50 – Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle (Grade 2) (2m 4f)
The 3.50 is a Grade 2 contest that’s ridden over two miles and four furlongs and my selection here comes in the form of DIAMOND CAUCHOIS for Gordon Elliot.
He ran a very impressive race the last day when beating Bapaume decisively and in these testing conditions which he’ll relish he could well go very close again.
DIAMOND CAUCHOIS – 8/1 (E/W)
4.25 – Devenish Chase (Grade 2) (2m 4f)
Up next is the Devnish Chase which is also a Grade 2 contest ridden over two miles and furlongs this time over the larger obstacles.
It see’s one of my all time favourites line up here as the market leader and i’ll be siding with him once again and that’s UN DE SCEAUX for Willie Mullins and the O’Connells. He comes here off the back of a somewhat surprising defeat in the Ryanair at Cheltenham when finishing second to Balko Des Flos but I think he’s every chance of getting back to winning ways here in the testing conditions.
Coney Island is an obvious danger if returning to his best form and Doctor Phoenix will likely be playing his hand late again and trying to nab the front runner close home.
UN DE SCEAUX – 5/6
5.00 Irish Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade A) (3m 5f)
The feature race at Fairyhouse this weekend is none other than the Irish Grand National which is an extremely valuable Grade A handicap chase ridden over three miles and five furlongs.
This race will likely play a huge role in deciding who walks away Champion Trainer this season in Ireland between Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins. Gordon is once again winning on the quantity front here as he saddles many runners these include, Folsom Blue, Monbeg Notorious, Dounikos, Squouateur, Bless The Wings, General Principle, Outlander, Sutton Manor, Jetstream Jack, Lord Scoundrel, The Paparazzi Kid, Woods Well and Tell Us More. So just the 13 runners I believe this time for Gordon.
Willie Mullins is however represented by just the four runner and these come in the form of Bellshill, Pairofbrowneyes, Isleofhopendreams and Kemboy.
I’ve managed to narrow it down to the two selections here and the first of these at the shorter price comes in the form of MALL DINI for Patrick Kelly. He looked to be travelling much the best in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham but just couldn’t get past the eventual winner and had to settle for second. I fancy his chances of another big run here and he’s a general 9/1 shot.
The other one I like here at a big price is one of Gord’s runners and that’s GENERAL PRINCIPLE at a general 33/1. He was fifth in this last year and despite not been his most competitive in handicaps this time around he still ran a decent race behind Folsom Blue when back in fourth. He’s won off a higher mark than this in the past and could well put up a decent showing at a massive price.
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MALL DINI – 9/1 (E/W)
GENERAL PRINCIPLE – 33/1 (E/W)
NAP: Mall Dini – 5.00
NB: Diamond Cauchois – 3.50