DAVY RUSSELL: Fairyhouse/Naas

It’s hard to get Cheltenham out of your mind at the moment as we are getting close to the two week point. It’s all about keeping fingers crossed at this stage and hoping horses pass their final tests well.

I’m flying over to the UK on Tuesday and recording some previews which you’ll be able to watch on this site and am also looking forward to hopefully seeing some of you at the Star Sports Cheltenham Preview Night at their betting shop in Mayfair, London (sadly now full up).

Also look out for my stats guide to Cheltenham which you’ll be able to download from this site on Monday with my thoughts and stats pointers for all the big races.

More immediately – this weekend – I’m riding at Fairyhouse on Saturday and Naas on Sunday. Parts of the country have had plenty of rain but it seems to be doing a good job of avoiding the racecourses 🙁 We could do with plenty more but that’s been the same story the whole season.

SATURDAY

FAIRYHOUSE

OUTLANDER (4.00pm BetVictor Bobbyjo Chase Grade 3)

I think he’ll be OK on the ground but he’s been finding life tough this season. That said, he’s consistent in the high level he has been competing in and hopefully this will be a chance for the door to open for him this season. Gordon (Elliott) also runs Alpha Des Obeaux who has been very good all year and comes into this on the back of a big weight carrying effort in the Thyestes where he was runner-up to Invitation Only. Willie Mullins has won the last three runnings of the Bobbyjo so his Rathvinden and Pleasant Company obviously have to be respected.

SUNDAY

NAAS

CHOSEN MATE (3.00pm Paddy Power Onside App Novice Hurdle Grade 2)

Still learning about the game and didn’t do an awful lot wrong when second to Sinoria the last day at Punchestown. I must admit I thought I had the measure of the mare jumping the last but she battled back bravely and I think is quite useful. Jetez didn’t fire last time but I was quite taken by the way he won a competitive handicap in Leopardstown over Christmas and followed that up with a good run behind Felix Desjy in the Moscow Flyer and would be a big danger if back in that kind of form.

DOCTOR PHOENIX (3.35pm WhatOddsPaddy Chase Grade 3)

He gave me a nice win in this race 12 months ago but the ground was soft then which he really relishes. He hasn’t yet reached the heights of last season when he had a really good time of things. Obviously any rain would help. It looks very competitive despite their just being three rivals. Cadmium is very consistent for Willie Mullins.

GOOD LUCK
DAVY


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