Five selections for Fairyhouse

By Luke 

Fairyhouse holds a sevens race card with the feature race, the BetVictor Bobbyjo Chase off at 4:00. The race is named after the 1999 Aintree Grand National winner, Bobbyjo.

Alpah Des Obeaux was last seen when finishing second behind Invitation Only in the Thyestes in Gowran Park. Going back to November he finished second behind Kemboy. Kemboy has since came out and won the Savills Chase at Leopardstown. He looks to have the best form coming into the race.

Magic Of Light is an interesting runner. She finished third in the Troytown Chase. That is her best piece of form. She has since ran three times in England. She has won two of those runs and finished second in her other run. They were all races for just mares. Alpha Des Obeaux has the better form but she receives nearly a stone which could bring her into contention.

Rathvinden won last years National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on his penultimate start. The form from that race has worked out well with the second Ms Parfois finishing sixth in the Ladbrokes Trophy. The third from the National Hunt Chase, Sizing Tennessee went on to win the Ladbrokes Trophy.

On his last start he was fortunate to finish fourth in Punchestown behind The Storyteller. He would have been further down the field if Al Boum Photo and Finian’s Oscar had of finished the race. Rathvinden is now eleven and this is his first start since that race in Punchestown last April. His main target will be the Aintree Grand National and whatever he does here he will improve for it.

It is hard to know what Outlander will turn up. He seems to run his best races at Leopardstown. He has to give weight to all his rivals. If he runs like he did at Leopardstown in the Savills Chase he could be in the mix.

Last years Aintree Grand National runner up, Pleasant Company has been disappointing so far this season. The ground this year has not suited him. His best form comes on heavy ground. He won this race in 2017 on heavy ground. On this good ground I don’t see him getting involved.

Valseur Lido hasn’t won since 2016. His best run this season was when he finished second behind Aplha Des Obeaux at Thurles. On that occasion he was receiving 10lb and he has not built on that run since.

Champagne Harmony has only finished one of his last seven races and I think it is fair to assume he won’t be getting involved in the finish.

I think Alpha Des Obeaux is the one to beat and Outlander could be the horse to follow him home.

Race one off at 1:40

Chavi Artist has finished third on his last two runs over hurdles. He finished thirteen lengths behind the talented City Island at Naas. That form would be good enough to win this contest.

Race two off at 2:15

Way Back Home won on the fourth time of asking over hurdles. He has form with Band Of Outlaws when he didn’t finish far behind him at Cork in December. He also has from with Surin and Garden of Babylon at Punchestown on New Years Eve. He has plenty of experience and I think he can prove hard to beat.

Race three off at 2:50

Polished Steel got his head infront on the fifth time of asking at Thurles last time out. He had previously run in a handicap hurdle when he finished fourth at Thurles. He has a light weight on his back and hopefully he can go close off a mark of 118.

Race four off at 3:25 

Emily Square won last time out over course and distance earlier this month. She has went up 9lb for that win and now runs off a mark of 101. I think she can prove to be better than her mark of 101.

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