SUPER 7-2 WIN MAKES IT FOUR NAPS IN A ROW: Shamrock took the side of BETDAQ value when he napped Alderwood (WON 7-2) at Fairyhouse yesterday to complete a four-timer after winning best bets at 11-10, 6-4 and 2-1.
McManus 4, Gigginstown 2. That’s the score as we enter the final day at Fairyhouse, with J P targeting a lucky 13 runners at the seven-race card to only five for Gigginstown.
4.00 Fairyhouse: Punters should note that five of the last six winners of this went on to be placed next time out at the big Punchestown Festival, but none was able to win.
Gigginstown concentrate their fire-power on this race, with three candidates, including the front two in the market as I write: their Fred Winter runner-up, Edeymi, seems sure to give a good account.
But Davy Russell has switched from Edeymi to the second favourite, Arnaud, who has been steadily progressing and was only run out of it in the final furlong at Cheltenham; thought much better suited to the sounder surface today.
4.30 Fairyhouse: On chase form, Shop D J has the beating of this field on a line through Knockfierna and she ran within five lengths of Quevega over hurdles at the Cheltenham festival.
Again the winners of this race all subsequently failed at Punchestown, with their results at the festival: 0022
5.00 Fairyhouse: There have been no winners of this above 11st 1lb in the last decade, and I note that the J P McManus runners, The Way We Were (Edward O’Grady) and Kandari (Jonjo O’Neill), are poised just below this barrier, with Tony McCoy choosing The Way We Were.
J P’s grey filly, Ozeta, brought over by Nicky Henderson, would be a surprise winner at only four years old but the ride goes to David Casey, who has won this event twice since 2002.
5.30 Fairyhouse (Dan Moore Memorial) It’s very hard to get away from the McManus duo, Bellvano, the Grand Annual winner at Cheltenham, and Shot From The Hip.
However, a line through Nearest The Pin suggests that Foildubh has the better of Shot From The Hip but, in turn, through Donnas Palm, is nowhere near Bellvano.
Bellvano was ridden at Cheltenham, and again today, by the great Dan Moore’s grandson, Paul Carberry. But more than a sentimental choice.
7.00 Fairyhouse: Salsify, winner of the Foxhunter at Cheltenham and this race last year, has most to fear from On The Fringe (McManus), who has got within four lengths of her and swerved Cheltenham for this.
NAP: Arnaud (4.00 Fairyhouse)
NEXT BEST: Bellvano (5.30 Fairyhouse)
DAQ YANKEE: Arnaud (4.00 Fairyhouse), Shop DJ (4.30 Fairyhouse), Bellvano (5.30 Fairyhouse), Salsify (7.00 Fairyhouse)
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