12.26 Soil.ie Working With Fairyhouse Beginners Chase 2m 5f 134y
Bronn should prove very difficult to beat if putting in a clear round of jumping. Easily the best of these horses over hurdles, the Willie Mullins-trained gelding made a very encouraging chasing debut when second over course and distance in November.
Although his jumping was less than fluent on occasions, the six-year-old should be all the better for that initial experience and appears to face an easier task here.
Winning point-to-pointer Grandero Bello ran a race full of promise on his first run over fences at Galway and was still in contention when unseating at Punchestown last time.
He may well make the running in this contest and, given the small field, there has to be every chance the race will develop into a tactical affair.
Irish National winning jockey Ricky Doyle could find himself holding the trump card if allowed dictate from the front.
Next Best: Grandero Bello
1.01 Jump Into January Handicap Chase 2m 1f
Razzle Dazzle Love can take this competitive event for local trainer Thomas Gibney. Placed at this track on her last two starts, the daughter of Winged Love is a consistent mare who should appreciate the drop in class.
Second in a rated novice chase over this distance in November, she was stepping up in trip when weakening into third over two and a half miles the following month. Back over what is arguably her optimum trip now, she can prove too strong for this opposition.
Better Times Ahead is almost certainly a well handicapped horse, although much depends on his ability to make the transition straight from novice to handicap company.
A winner over hurdles at Naas in March, the Robert Tyner-trained six-year-old gives the impression of one who has plenty more to offer under both codes.
SELECTION: RAZZLE DAZZLE LOVE
Next Best: Better Times Ahead
1.36 Follow Fairyhouse On Social Media Handicap Chase 3m 1f 110y
Ballyadam Destiny would be a confident selection in this company if one could be sure he would jump better than at Cork recently.
On that occasion, the Denis Hogan-trained nine-year-old appeared to throw away his chance with some sloppy mistakes but suddenly took off after two out and finished with a flourish to grab second place close home.
Given that this aforementioned race was of a much stronger quality, the son of Martaline should hold leading claims here if he measures his fences with more fluency.
A winner on his chasing debut at Cork earlier this month, Joy Of Life should be open to progress now he steps up in trip.
The six-year-old finished second in a point-to-point and held every chance in another when falling at the final fence. Stamina is likely to prove his forte and he should relish this test.
SELECTION: BALLYADAM DESTINY
Next Best: Joy Of Life
2.11 Awardsandgifts.ie Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 2f 110y
Ashroe Diamond can resume winning ways now that she reverts to racing against her own sex. The Willie Mullins-trained mare acquitted herself with great credit when reaching the frame in two Grade 1 contests against the boys last month.
A winner of a Grade 2 bumper at Aintree last spring, she made a successful start to her jumping career when going in at the first attempt at Naas in November.
Halka Du Tabet has made a perfect start to her career; winning a point-to-point, bumper and maiden hurdle. Although she had to battle in order to preserve her unbeaten record in that second run, the wins either side of that were hugely impressive.
Now faced with a further step up in grade, it will be interesting to see how she copes with much stronger opposition.
SELECTION: ASHROE DIAMOND
Next Best: Halka Du Tabet
2.46 Rich History & Well Chosen @Kedrah House Stud Maiden Hurdle 2m
Parmenion can recover losses having failed to justify odds-on favouritism when only third on his Irish debut at Leopardstown over Christmas. The Willie Mullins-trained gelding had been well supported to maintain his unbeaten record having won on his sole previous start in France.
In hindsight, he made a very solid stable debut in a strong contest that is likely to throw up plenty of winners over the coming months. Granted normal improvement, the Joe Donnelly-owned gelding should come home in front.
Punchestown bumper winner Tag Man, who has shaped with promise on both starts over hurdles, should be one of the main dangers. The form of his Leopardstown second has been well advertised since, as has his previous Naas fourth.
Next Best: Tag Man
3.21 Book Tickets Online @fairyhouse.ie Maiden Hurdle 2m 4f 93y
El Capitaine can give rookie trainer Michael Lynch a poignant winner with his first runner.
The five-year-old shaped with distinct promise when sixth on his hurdling debut at Cork in November, then ran even better in fifth place in a decent maiden at Leopardstown over Christmas. Back in much calmer waters now, the Chris Jones-owned gelding can make the most of a nice opportunity under jockey Keith Donoghue.
Harvard Guy is an interesting horse now that he steps up in trip. Noted making significant late headway over the minimum distance at Naas earlier this month, he could be seen to better effect in handicap company but shouldn’t be discounted all the same.
In a relatively weak race for this grade, he doesn’t face too many obvious threats, so it would be no surprise to see a big performance.
SELECTION: EL CAPITAINE
Next Best: Harvard Guy
3.56 Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle 3m
Run For Pat disappointed at Kilbeggan when last seen but holds strong claims if that run can be forgiven. Prior to that, the Gordon Elliott-trained gelding was always prominent before going on to land a maiden hurdle at Listowel. His profile prior to Kilbeggan was that of a consistent, if somewhat one-paced stayer.
For those reasons, the Midlands track may not have suited his style of racing and that blip in his form figures deserves to be overlooked.
Waittillitellyou looks the pick of local trainer Edward Cawley’s trio of runners. An impressive winner on his second start in handicap company at Navan in February, he kept on nicely on his return when a never nearer fifth at Limerick.
The nine-year-old should come on from that latter run and, if doing so, he holds every chance.
SELECTION: RUN FOR PAT
Next Best: Waittillitellyou