The Irish Grand National is the highlight of a seven race card from Fairyhouse. It's always a race to savour, and this year's renewal looks well up to scratch.
2:05pm Farmhouse Foods Novice Handicap Hurdle
A competitive affair. Powerful Ted lurks on a dangerous mark. He was much improved on the flat last season, and had previously shown some aptitude for hurdling. The booking of Denis O'Regan only heightens the horse's appeal. Shanroe was a touch disappointing last time out. Quicker ground may show him in a better light.
Selection: Powerful Ted 7/1
2.40pm Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Juvenile Hurdle
Teahupoo has to concede weight all round. He does look a horse of some potential though. He also brings decent form to the party. Busselton was well fancied for the Fred Winter in Cheltenham. He disappointed but a better showing in first time blinkers would come as no surprise.
Selection: Teahupoo 4/6
3:15pm Fairyhouse Steel Handicap Hurdle
Lynwood Gold is a talented horse on the flat. He has shown a decent measure of ability over hurdles, and is likely to prove well handicapped in this sphere. He should strip fitter for a comeback run in Punchestown. Ilikedwayyourthinkin has struggled this season. An improved run for his resurgent yard can't be ruled out.
Selection: Lynwood Gold 11/2
3:50 pm Underwriting Exchange Hurdle
Beacon Edge did seem to improve for a step up in trip at the Cheltenham Festival. He's not short of speed though. He's taken to cap a fine season by conceding weight to his rivals here. French Dynamite is another progressive horse. He's feared most.
Selection: Beacon Edge 15/8
4:20 pm Devenish Chase
Fakir D'oudairies should win with a repeat of either of his last two starts. There's a nagging concern that he had such a hard race in Cheltenham. He has proven generally tough and reliable in his career though. Battleoverdoyen is an enigmatic sort. If on a going day, he would prove a handful.
Selection: Fakir D'oudairies 11/10
5pm Boylesports Irish Grand National
There are few boxes that Latest Exhibition doesn't tick. He was a high class novice hurdler who has taken well to fences. He has finished second to Monkfish on a couple of occasions this season. There were a number of talented horses behind him in those two races.
He promises to be suited by this extreme stamina test, and enjoys an obvious class edge over this field. Home By The Lee looks a solid each way play. His jumping let him down in the Paddy Power Chase over Christmas. He bounced back in Naas last time out. Returning to a right handed track, and stepping up in trip both rate as positives for this horse.
Selection: Latest Exhibition 5/1
5.40 pm Fred Kenny Handicap Hurdle
Dorking Cork ran well behind a progressive sort in Down Royal last time. That run suggests the handicapper may have underestimated this horse. His jumping was a little sloppy that day. I'd expect him to be sharper here. This seven-year-old remains a horse of some potential. The Gunner Murphy is another with scope from his mark.
Selection: Dorking Cork 8/1
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