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