Nap of the day – White Arm (3.10)
2.35 – Ballyboker Bridge – Dooley Insurances Cross Country Chase – Win
Ballyboker Bridge has finished ahead of Colour Squadron on his last two starts and might do so again to win this. The pair were separated by four and a half lengths when they finished third and fourth respectively behind Auvergnat here in February and while there wasn’t as much between them when they played very minor roles behind Cause Of Causes at Cheltenham, perhaps the 10-year-old can confirm his superiority over his younger rival. Mtada Supreme ran out approaching the third last fence in the La Touche Cup on Thursday and if better behaved here, he might not be far away while Enniskillen would be running for the third time this week if lines up but he looks to hold both Blue Templar and Need To Know on his run here on Tuesday. Love Rory finished fourth in the La Touche Cup and is another to consider.
Exacta – 1-3 (Ballyboker Bridge/Colour Squadron)
Trifecta – 1-3-2 (Ballyboker Bridge/Colour Squadron/Mtada Supreme)
3.10 – White Arm – Three.ie Handicap Chase – Each/Way
White Arm was a good winner at the Fairyhouse Easter festival and is taken to follow up. He had run well at Limerick on St Patrick’s weekend and went a place better last time when easily brushing aside He Rock’s last time. Up 8lbs for that, he can be fancied against the BoyleSports Irish Grand National runner-up Bless The Wings and Call It Magic which was second to Killaro Boy at Fairyhouse on Easter Sunday. Tulsa Jack might be another for the short-list and maybe the British visitor Cresswell Breeze is another to consider.
Exacta – 18-3 (White Arm/Bless The Wings)
Trifecta – 18-3-10 (White Arm/Bless The Wings/Call It Magic)
3.50 – Karalee – Grade 1 Irish Stallion Farms EVF Mares Champion Hurdle – Win
Karalee has been supplemented for this and might put it up to Apple’s Jade. She made an impressive start to her career for Willie Mullins when winning easily at Killarney last May and was running for the first time since then when equally impressive at Limerick at the end of last month. She must be held in some regard and it will be interesting to see how she copes against the battle-hardened Apple’s Jade which was a Grade 1 winner at Fairyhouse in November before finishing second to Limini here in February. She improved on that when winning well from Vroum Vroum Mag and Limini at the Cheltenham Festival and is clearly the one to beat. Airlie Beach is better than she has shown of late and a return to form might see her go close while Augusta Kate must be another with a chance after her success over Let’s Dance at Fairyhouse. That form was tested here on Friday.
Exacta – 5-2 (Karalee/Apple’s Jade)
Trifecta – 5-2-3 (Karalee/Apple’s Jade/Augusta Kate)
4.25 – Bapaume – Grade 1 AES Champion Four-Year-Old Hurdle – Win
Bapaume can turn Cheltenham Festival form with Mega Fortune around to win this as they clash for a third time. There was little or nothing between the pair when they finished third and second behind easy winner Defi Du Seuil in the Triumph Hurdle but with a clearer run on that occasion, Bapaume might just have come out on top. He had earlier finished second to Mega Fortune on soft ground at Leopardstown in February but had won when they met at the same track on St Stephen’s Day. Current ground conditions would favour the selection while Mega Fortune would definitely be the one if significant rain arrived. Landofhopeandglory has a few lengths to find with the ‘big two’ on Cheltenham form and might be a bigger threat than Meri Devie.
Exacta – 1-4 (Bapaume/Mega Fortune)
Trifecta – 1-4-3 (Bapaume/Mega Fortune/Landofhopeandglory)
5.00 – Rogue Trader – Palmerstown House Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase – Each/Way
Rogue Trader has run well at this festival in the past and can reach the frame this time. He was runner-up to Avant Tout over hurdles here in 2015 and wasn’t beaten all that far when fifth behind Irish Cavalier in a similar race to this last year. Sizing Codelco was a runaway winner at Aintree earlier in the month and is certainly to be considered despite top-weight. Marinero runs in his first handicap chase here and is likely to be a threat while Retour En France would also be a serious contender but she was due to run here on Friday. Fine Theatre and Ttebbob are just two others with a chance and Forever Gold might also be considered as he goes back over fences.
Exacta – 6-1 (Rogue Trader/Sizing Codelco)
Trifecta – 6-1-2 (Rogue Trader/Sizing Codelco/Marinero)
5.35 – Scoir Mear – Ballymore Handicap Hurdle – Each/Way
Scoir Mear might upset some better fancied rivals in this valuable handicap hurdle. He went close on runs at Navan in December and at Cork in January before returning to finish sixth to Supasundae at the Cheltenham Festival. Willie Mullins runs eight and Ruby Walsh has chosen Bonbon Au Meil which was a narrow winner at Cork five weeks ago. Mullins’ other runners are all hugely respected and the pick of the remainder might be Renetti and Thomas Hobson. Gordon Elliott has five chances and Automated and Sire Du Berlais might just be the pick of his team. Oscar Sam didn’t get far here on Thursday night when he was brought down in a race won by Minella Awards. He is certainly worth his place in the line-up as are British challengers Air Horse One and Rather Be.
Exacta – 16-13 (Scoir Mear/Bonbon Au Meil)
Trifecta – 16-13-2 (Scoir Mear/Bonbon Au Meil/Oscar Sam)
6.10 – The Shearers Wife – Attheraces.com Irish National Hunt Flat Race – Win
The Shearers Wife, the mount of the outstanding champion amateur rider Jamie Codd, would be a fitting winner of the season’s finale. This is essentially a guessing game but with 42 victories, no trainer has come close to the number of bumper wins Gordon Elliott has enjoyed this season and this filly looks the safest bet. Patrick Mullins rides Sparky Stowaway for his uncle Tom and he just might be second best ahead, possibly, of the likes of Vocarium, Lady Ischia and You Raised Me.
Exacta – 10-4 (The Shearers Wife/Sparky Stowaway)
Trifecta – 10-4-11 (The Shearers Wife/Sparky Stowaway/Vocaruim)
6.40 – Chapter Seven – 28th Running Punchestown Charity Race – Win
Chapter Seven boasts a Flat rating of 80 and should be difficult to beat after a fine run behind Aared at Naas earlier this month. Mandamus is rated a little higher but he has no recent form and is overlooked. Investmentsuccess returning from an even longer break and surely won’t pose the same threat as the recent novice chase winner Daisy’s Gift.
Exacta – 9-14 (Chapter Seven/Mandamus)
Trifecta – 9-14-7 (Chapter Seven/Mandamus/Daisy’s Gift)
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