Willie Mullins’ first runners on the card come in the 3m maiden hurdle, where Golden Spread and Minella Encore line up. The latter disappointed at Punchestown when favourite, finishing second to stablemate Drury.
I know Drury has won since at Fairyhouse on New Year’s Day, but Golden Spread was a decent bumper horse last year and can be a first winner for the new-look Supreme Racing Syndicate.
Guard of Honour is introduced to Irish racing and won a maiden hurdle in England at Southwell, way back in October 2018.
He goes well at home, but will have to go well to beat Liam Cusack’s Snugsborough Hall who is rated 28lbs lower for this 2m 4f handicap hurdle than when he runs over fences.
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The Grade One Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle is the feature race in the UK on Saturday and looks a competitive contest as always. Nicky Henderson’s Son of Camus has been well touted, but I prefer Hang In There from Emma Lavelle’s stable who has won his last two races at Exeter and Cheltenham and likes to lie handy in his races.
Patrick Mullins rides a mare called The West Awaits in the finale at the Co. Cork track. She is in great form at home and can get us out of trouble, if all else fails on Saturday.
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