DAVY RUSSELL: Fairyhouse Sunday/Monday

It’s been a great start to the Easter weekend for me as Tiger Roll himself came to my home town Youghall on Thursday !! Unsurprisingly, he lapped up all the attention and it was great to see such a huge crowd in the town and plenty of kids enjoying the day too – hopefully all future racing fans. Tiger Roll came into the centre of the town for a photo shoot by the clock tower and was then taken to Green Park where he had plenty of space to walk around the bandstand and meet his admirers.

It was a special day for me to have all my family there with me and a special thank you to Star Sports for sponsoring all the Tiger Roll flags.

I’m doing my best to avoid all the chocolate treats over the weekend – which is hard as I do have a sweet tooth !!! There’s not too much temptation at the moment as my kids are young but as they get older it will get harder – with them surrounded, no doubt, with Easter eggs.

Looking forward to the Easter Festival at Fairyhouse, thoughts on my Sunday rides below – plus of course the BoyleSports Irish Grand National on Monday.

I wish you all a very Happy Easter and hopefully you can make the most of the grand weather.



BATT’S ROCK (1.50pm)

A nice horse who has some decent flat form. He started off over jumps really well and we were pleased with him but then he just kept running into decent horses. Gordon (Elliott) has just wanted to freshen him up and he’s back here after a break since his last run over course and distance in November. Hopefully that patience will be rewarded but it’s a big field and there are plenty of dangers including the Tony Martin trained Mr Everest who has been doing some great work on the flat.

BLACK TEARS (2.50pm Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final Grade 1)

She ran an absolute cracker at the Cheltenham Festival when fourth to Eglantine Du Seuil in the Mares Novices’ Hurdle. Both the winner and third (Tintangle) are also tackling this and although Black Tears has done well since Cheltenham she’ll probably have to run a career best to win. She’s up in trip but has given every suggestion that she will be suited by it. Biggest danger may well be Honeysuckle who could come into this the freshest horse having missed Cheltenham and Aintree. She’s still lightly raced and unbeaten.

MILL QUEST (3.20pm)

She had a terrific last season but has paid the price with her current handicap mark and this will be a big test. It’s a small field but very competitive and she’ll need to produce her best run of the season I would have thought. Aint Dunne Yet looked unlucky when unseating at the last here in February and bounced back to win by 54 lengths at Leopardstown the last day and looks an obvious danger.

CUBOMANIA (4.25pm Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase Grade 1)

Is ultra-consistent but this is the deep end for him. He gave me a nice win in the Pierce Molony Memorial in Thurles but the race fell apart a bit with Benruben coming down at the last and Jetz making a couple of blunders too. We should be OK distance wise as he won over this trip last year. Stable companion Mengli Khan will prove hard to beat and you can certainly make a big case for Winter Escape too but we’ll give it our best shot. Willie (Mullins) holds a strong hand too and you can genuinely make a case for all five of them.



SHATTERED LOVE (5pm BoyleSports Irish Grand National Chase)

The season started well enough for her but she has disappointed a little in her last couple of starts. That said, she was competitive for a long way in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham and this her second start back after a wind op where you can often start to see the benefit of the operation with horses learning to run a lot more freely. She ran a cracker at this meeting last year when second to Al Boum Photo in the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase but it was testing ground that day and I’m expecting just perfect good ground on Monday after the track has been well watered. If she stays, and there has to be a question mark about that, I think she can go well. Gordon has a big entry in the race and of his I think Gun Digger gets in with a nice weight whilst Snugsborough Benny would also be on the shortlist after a very smooth course win the last day.

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