RW: I would be hoping Elixir DAinay has improved a good bit from his run at Naas where he beat Longhouse Poet. I would be disappointed if he can’t hold that form. I’m hoping he can give Envoi Allen some kind of race, anyway. But let’s be honest, Envoi Allen is 1/4 for a reason. There’s not much value there but he’ll take some beating.
FH: Envoi Allen is brilliant isn’t he? It’s very difficult to see him beaten. I’m a little bit surprised Longhouse Poet is the second favourite ahead of Elixir DAinay. I think it should be the other way round. Elixir DAinay has obviously beaten him at Naas already this year. Envoi Allen is too short at the moment at 1/3 to be backing but if I was having a bet I’d be looking at the without market or a match bet on Elixir DAinay to beat Longhouse Poet.
FH: I’m really excited to see the Novice Chase as it looks really strong. You might well end up looking at a Festival-type horse winning that. I would be a small bit worried about the trip for Tornado Flyer, who seems to be that he might be looking a little bit further. It will be interesting to see if Cashback can improve on his win at Navan. As I speak right now, I don’t know what price Zero Ten will be but I may take a chance on that. He’s quite a bit unlucky not to be unbeaten over jumps.
RW: It’s a cracking card at Naas, it really is, and I think this Novice Chase is a cracking race, Tornado Flyer, Cashback, Dunvegan, it’s a really good field. Willie Mullins runs two but I was really taken with Dunvegan at Punchestown
And the rest…
RW: I’ve had a long look through the rest of the card and I think Good Thyne Tara should beat Carvation in the first at 12.50. That’d be my pick for that. And, in the Maiden Hurdle at 2.50, we are running a horse called Asterion Forlonge, who won a bumper at Thurles and I thought he was a really nice type.