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DAVY RUSSELL: Fairyhouse Saturday

The start of a massive weekend of racing over Easter and I’ll be bringing you my thoughts in three blogs on Saturday, Sunday and Irish National Day on Monday. I’m also looking forward to recording some Aintree Zoom Rooms next week so look out for those.

The big news announced by the stable this morning was that Tiger Roll will miss the Irish Grand National in favour of the Betway Bowl at Aintree. It makes a lot of sense to me given Tiger’s obvious love affair with Aintree.

We also can’t be sure he likes Fairyhouse – he didn’t seem to enjoy things when pulled up in the 2017 Irish National which remains his only start at the track.

What isn’t in doubt is how well he has come out of Cheltenham. He’s on great terms with himself and hopefully an extra few days with, fingers crossed, some sun on his back should see him head to Liverpool with a good shout.



2.20 BoyleSports App Mares Chase (Listed)

The track is yielding at the moment and the latest forecast I heard was for a cold weekend with perhaps a small amount of rain. I couldn’t put you off any of the five for this mares event but am narrowly siding with Mount Ida who won well for us at Cheltenham. She’s come out of that race (Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir) well and has the Cheltenham (Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase) runner-up Elimay to worry about here. Elimay has to give 6lb but the distance might favour her better so you can see why it’s a head-scratcher.

3.30 I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Novice Handicap Hurdle Series Final (Grade B)

A really competitive handicap and there are two that have caught my eye. Jacksons Gold has gone up 5lb for his win the last day in Naas. He’s still lightly raced and the ground looks the key as he looks better when it’s not too testing. Sneaky Getaway is interesting with blinkers on for the first time. He was disappointing at Cheltenham in the Coral Cup where he was taken off his feet. He likes to dominate and if he can get under a nice rhythm for Brian Hayes can hopefully get a piece of this.

4.05 RYBO Handicap Hurdle (Grade A)

I have to stick with Eclair De Beaufeu who I thought ran a cracker at Cheltenham when a close up fourth to Belfast Banter in the County. There are dangers all over but Ruaille Buaille, Golden Jewel and down at the bottom of the weights Robinnia are some of more likely ones for me.

4.40 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Total Enjoyment Mares Flat Race (Listed)

Party Central would be my strongest idea of a winner on Saturday’s card. I’ve ridden work on her and she’s a lovely mare. She’s already gone close in two Listed bumpers and deserves a decent prize like this before going hurdling.

Have a good Easter.