Fairyhouse – Monday – 17th April
Nap of the meeting – Fletchers Flyer (5.00)
2.45 – Jezki – Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Hurdle – Win
Jezki narrowly gets the nod as he drops back in trip. He didn’t get home in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and is better judged on earlier runs when winning at Navan in January and when runner-up to Tombstone the following month at Gowran Park. Hidden Cyclone won well at Leopardstown at the beginning of last month and had this afternoon’s rival Diakali behind him in fourth place on that occasion. There won’t be as much between the pair this time as the latter was running for the first time since the Galway festival and should strip fitter now.
Exacta – 2-1 (Jezki/Hidden Cyclone)
Trifecta – 2-1-5 (Jezki/Hidden Cyclone/Diakali)
3.15 – Ex Patriot – Avoca Dunboyne Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) – Win
Ex Patriot is one of the leading juvenile hurdlers of the season and is definitely the choice after his good effort in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. He finished fourth to Defi Du Seuil that day, having run loose briefly, with both Dinaria Des Obeaux and Dandy Mag further behind in 11th and 13th places respectively. The selection had earlier finished a nose ahead of Dinaria Des Obeaux to win here in February only to lose the race in the stewards’ room. He can confirm that form on 3lbs better terms now and should also hold both the French-import Orion D’Aubrelle and the British raider Project Bluebook.
Exacta – 2-7 (Ex Patriot/Dinaria Des Obeaux)
Trifecta – 2-7-5 (Ex Patriot/Dinaria Des Obeaux/Orion D’Aubrelle)
3.50 – Showem Silver – Fairyhouse Steel Handicap Hurdle – Each/Way
Showem Silver catches the eye as he goes back up in trip for this. A bumper winner over two and a half miles here in November of 2015, he remains a maiden over hurdles but didn’t do too badly over the minimum trip behind Cilaos Emery and his own stable companion Joey Sasa at Navan in December. In an open race, he appears to be popular in the early betting and might give the likes Aussie Reigns, Rathpartick, Cara’s Oscar and Ballela Boy a run for their money.
Exacta – 18-7 (Showem Silver/Aussie Reigns)
Trifecta – 18-7-3 (Showem Silver/Aussie Reigns/Rathpatrick)
4.25 – Sutton Place – Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle (Grade 2) – Win
Sutton Place is possibly as exciting as any horse in training and should continue his winning run. He was reappearing for the first time since winning at this Festival in March of last year when successful (beating Supasundae) at Naas in January and followed that with a cosy victory over today’s rivals De Plotting Shed and Renetti when up in trip at Navan in February. Tombstone didn’t perform in the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival but his earlier form, including a win over Jezki at Gowran Park, makes for better reading. This is a big race for Gordon Elliott as he bids to hold off Willie Mullins in the championship race.
Exacta – 1-3 (Sutton Place/De Plotting Shed)
Trifecta – 1-3-2 (Sutton Place/De Plotting Shed/Tombstone)
5.00 – Fletchers Flyer – BoyleSports Irish Grand National Chase – Each/Way
Fletchers Flyer was a winner at the Punchestown Festival this time last year and looks to have plenty going for him in the race of the afternoon. On ground similar to this, he landed a handicap chase over a furlong further at the County Kildare venue and will certainly relish this test of stamina. There are any number of dangers and possibly the impressive Cheltenham Festival winner Tiger Roll will emerge as the leading threat while chances can also be given to the likes of Foxrock, leading novice Our Duke and the recent Naas winner, Abolitionist.
Exacta – 16-5 (Fletchers Flyer/Tiger Roll)
Trifecta – 16-5-6 (Fletchers Flyer/Tiger Roll/Foxrock)
5.35 – Slowmotion – Farmhouse Foods John & Chich Fowler Memorial E.B.F. Mares Chase (Grade 3) – Win
Slowmotion might have been caught out by a combination of the trip and the ground when beaten at odds-on at Limerick last month and she should do better now. She was beaten by Daisy’s Gift over an extended two miles and six furlongs last time but had earlier won from Solita and this afternoon’s rival Keppols Queen over two miles at Naas in February. She drops back in distance for this and is chosen ahead of Westerner Lady which might have had luck on her side when a winner last time out at Thurles in mid-January. Keppols Queen was upsides and in with every chance when falling at the final fence that day but she hasn’t been as good in a couple of runs since. Water Sprite could hardly have won any easier at Wexford 10 days ago and she certainly deserves her place in a race like this. She will have a few more fences to jump on this occasion however.
Exacta – 7-1 (Slowmotion/Westerner Lady)
Trifecta – 7-1-6 (Slowmotion/Westerner Lady/Water Sprite)
6.10 – White Arm – Fred Kenny Lifetime Service To Racing Handicap Chase – Each/Way
White Arm runs in blinkers for the first time and that could bring about a change of fortune for the eight-year-old. A winner over this trip at Navan at the beginning of last year, he has done pretty well since and recent efforts behind Capture The Drama, Honest Robber and most encouraging of all, when second to Paper Lantern at Limerick last month, must give him every chance here. Stoughan Cross won as he liked at Navan two weeks ago and he should go well again while both Art Of Payroll and Bright Tomorrow must also be on every short-list.
Exacta – 19-13 (White Arm/Stoughan Cross)
Trifecta – 19-13-2 (White Arm/Stoughan Cross/Art Of Payroll)
6.40 – Samcro – Ryans Cleaning Event Specialists Flat Race – Win
Samcro remains a most exciting prospect and can make it three wins from as many starts on the racecourse. He was thoroughly impressive when scoring at Punchestown in November but had to work a little harder to win at Navan in December where he was all out to beat Good Thyne Tara. However that form has been boosted by the runner-up which went on to win a maiden hurdle and wasn’t far off her stable companions Augusta Kate and the Cheltenham Festival winner Let’s Dance in a Grade 1 mares’ hurdle here yesterday. Product Of Love also looks a nice type but he must have it all to do on his first run since winning well at Killarney in May of last year. L’Andana must have a chance of sorts as he was a winner when last seen at Thurles in October.
Exacta – 1-3 (Samcro/Product Of Love)
Trifecta – 1-3-2 (Samcro/Product Of Love)