Saturday 27th February 2021
A big welcome to the preview, today I’ll be looking at Fairyhouse, Lingfield and Kempton where the feature events are the Winter Derby and Adonis Hurdle. I hope you all enjoyed the Meydan Preview midweek where Star Safari did the business again and a mention for Prompting who also ran a good race in third.
As ever, enjoy!
The first race I’ll be taking a look at is the 1.10 at Fairyhouse which is a Grade 3 Juvenile Hurdle over two miles. I think this can go to the Gordon Elliott trained TEAHUPOO (8/11) who’s the mount of Robbie Power. Despite being fortunate the last day when Youmdor fell at the last it was still an impressive display on stable debut and connections think a great deal of him. I think he could well take a lot of beating here.
Staying at Fairyhouse for the 1.45 which is another Grade 3 Hurdle this time for older horses but still over two miles. This is quite competitive for a small field but I think it can go to JASON THE MILITANT (13/8) for Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore. He was last seen when finishing a very solid second behind Abacadabras in the Grade 1 Morgiana Hurdle in November, he’s still got more progression in him than most of these and if bringing that level of form to the table again he could prove a big player.
Moving over to the all-weather at Lingfield now for their 2.05 which is the Listed Sprint Stakes over five furlongs. Moss Gill sets a solid standard as the short priced favourite here but I’ve taken him on with LORD RIDDIFORD (11/2) for John Quinn and Jason Hart. He arrives here off a solid winter campaign on the all-weather was last seen winning at Wolverhampton earlier this month beating the smart Tone The Barrone. I’ll chance him having the fitness edge on a few of these and contiuning his current good form.
The Adonis Hurdle takes place at Kempton at 2.25 and is a race for juveniles over two miles. I think this year’s renewal of the race can go to TRITONIC (6/5) for Alan King and Adrian Heskin. He was a 99 rated horse on the flat and made a perfect start to life over obstacles for a trainer that does so well with these types, he looked as though he had scope for plenty of improvement over hurdles in that particular assignment and I’ll take him to showcase that here.
Concluding this week’s preview is the Winter Derby which is set to take place at 2.40 at Lingfield. Father Of Jazz is the favourite and looks an exciting prospect, however, I’m taking a chance on FELIX (9/4) here for the Marco Botti yard. He’s a smart horse in his own right and was a half-length second the last day in the trial for this behind Bangkok, he also has some very solid from in decent handicaps and if turning up in the same form that he so often he does he’s got to be a considered a big player here.