It’s the start of another busy racing weekend here in Ireland with Fairyhouse on Saturday and then Sunday’s good card in Punchestown which kicks off with the Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle and later in the day Bob Olinger is back in action too.
We obviously all have one eye on Cheltenham now and Star Sports have been keeping me busy in the Zoom Room this week for my early thoughts on all the major races alongside Bill and Luke. They’ll be out soon so keep checking the site!
Now for the weekend back on the track …..
11.45am CHERIF DE L’ISLE Fairyhouse Supporting Local Business Beginners Chase 2m
At the age of ten Cherif De L’Isle is a bit late to the chasing game but that said we always considered he would do well over the larger obstacles. He’s also returning from a lengthy break but worked nicely earlier in the week and is in good heart. My only concern for him might be the two miles might prove on the sharp side at this stage of his career.
12.50pm INDIGO BREEZE Easter Festival 16-18 April Hurdle 2m
Listen, don’t get me wrong Indigo Breeze won nicely for me the last day in Gowran but this looks a really decent enough race – despite there just being six runners. My fella came back after a decent break and won going away but I think minimum the trip will again be fine, especially as the soft ground makes it more of a test. We have a few decent looking rivals including Daly Tiger who brings plenty of experience to the table.
2.32pm PREVARICATE Fairyhouse Supporting Treo Eile Maiden Hurdle 2m 4f
We were a little disappointed with Prevaricate the last day in Navan as he had run so well at the same course on his comeback. I’m hoping he can get back on track here now that he has a little bit more experience. Daily Present shaped really well on debut and will be a tough nut to crack and Henry’s (De Bromhead) runner Amirite also showed plenty of promise first time up in Leopardstown.
2.05pm Coral Silviniaco Conti Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race) (Class 1) 2m 4 1/2f
I’ll be keeping an eye on this race at Kempton and to be honest I find it hard to separate all four of them. They are all on a retrieval mission to some extent. I always get drawn in by Mister Fisher as he’s a horse I like and he is so good at this level. However, if pressed, I would probably say Eldorado Allen (pictured below, left) might just edge it.