Preview of racing at Fairyhouse

By Luke and Killian (@lukekeena1 and @KillianBroderi1)

Racing on Saturday in Ireland comes from Fairyhouse with the feature Dan & Joan Moore Handicap chase off at 2:10

Book Easter Festival Tickets Online Mares Maiden Hurdle(1:00)

Strange Notions made a nice return to racing after several months off the track to finish second behind the talented Drury. It was a further half a length back to another nice mare, Mount Ida. She has an official rating of 114 which could be good enough to win this. She will come on for the run and I think she will go close with Sean Flanagan in the saddle.

Fairyhouse Members 2020 Handicap Hurdle (1:35)

Thunder Down Under steps up to three miles for the first time and I think he will relish the test. He ran on well last time out to finish third over two miles and a half. This son of Fame And Glory runs off a nice rating of 113. I think he is well handicapped and if he stays the three mikes I think he is the one to beat.

Killian’s Selection: 

Dromore Lad is unbeaten at Fairyhouse – 3/3. Hopefully the return to his favourite course can spark a revival in form. His last two runs have been uninspiring, but I’m willing to put a line through them efforts. Dromore Lad won the 2018 renewal of this race. 20/1 is a big price. There’s only 10 runners and I think that will also aid his task. Mikey Fogarty, who is enjoying a renaissance of his career, is riding very well also.

Dan & Joan Moore Handicap Chase (2:10)

Ornua is a former Grade 1 winner. He won his Grade 1 at Aintree over just short of two miles. He hasn’t been in the same form since. He didn’t run a bad race first time out when finishing nine lengths a drift of the talented Cilaos Emery. He was then a distance last in the Tingle Creek at Sandown. He runs off a rating if 152 which is high but if he gets into a rhythm in front he can run a good race at a double figure price.

Killian’s selection:

Rachael Blackmore and Henry De Bromhead enjoyed considerable success at Christmas, and they may also plunder the valuable Dan Moore with Arvico Bleu. Arvico Bleu has not run since Feb 2019, so the market may be a good indicator of his chances. On his last run he took a tumble at the last, when holding a good chance of winning. Ex Patriot has franked the form of that run. On New Years Day he ran a gallant race to take 4th in the Paddy Power Handicap Chase (Grade 3) at Cheltenham. That was off a mark of 147. In contrast, Arvico Bleu is rated 133 and appears to have plenty scope for improvement. Rachael is likely to be prominent and should be able to hold a nice position, as he’s not short of pace. He’s best priced 11/2 at the moment, with 5 places on offer. I think Arvico Bleu has a cracking chance, if he’s fit and ready.
Killian’s Selection:
At The Acorn
As some of you may know, I put this horse up as one to follow at the start of the season. I thought he might be a bit below graded class in staying novice chases. Obviously that has not transpired and ultimately he has been disappointing thus far. It’s still early days though. Tony Martin is super shrewd and has manufactured a mark of 116 for At The Acorn. He will appreciate the step up to 2m 5f for this Rated Novice Chase. I’m hopeful of a good run, rather than confident. Given the connections, market support would be significant. Perhaps the handbrake will be released. 8/1 is a fair each way price.

Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Flat Race (3:50) 

Killian’s Selection:

Arthur Moore may well have another classy horse in his car and who could begrudge him. His last big success was with Organisedconfusion in the 2011 Irish Grand National. The Priests Lap was backed from 33/1 into 13/2 for his debut at Navan. He ran with plenty of promise, but was a bit lost when asked to quicken. I think he’ll have improved both mentally and physically for that run. Derek O’Connor is booked to ride again. This bumper could develop into a battle between the top three male amateurs. Patrick and Willie Mullins combine with Five Bar Brian, who has been off the track since December 2017. Barry O’Neill rides I A Connect for Gordon Elliott. I A Connect is a well bred sort. He’s by Jeremy and is a half-brother to the 140 rated Bold Plan. Jeremy is such a loss to the NH stallion ranks. Recently his progeny have been flying. It would be no surprise if I A Connect is smart, but hopefully The Priests Leap can take this contest.

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