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Feigh has to improve a lot, she was disappointing at Listowel. We’re moving into hotter waters now and I was blown away by FIL DOR at Down Royal. He’s definitely the one to be on here.
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It’s a very good race but I’ve just been really impressed with MY MATE MOZZIE at Punchestown and Navan. I think Fairyhouse will suit him with dry ground. He’s a worthy favourite and the one I’d want to be on.
Gabynako was good on his Beginners Chase here on his last start. I loved the way he jumped, attacking fences and putting his rivals to the sword. I was really impressed with LIFETIME AMBITION at Down Royal when he beat Beacon Edge and Vanillier in a really competitive race. Whereas Lifetime Ambition was a bit in and out as a hurdler, the way he went about his business at Down Royal was eye-catching and I reckon he can overturn Gabynako here.
Gavin Brouder claims 7lbs off FORZA MILAN bringing his weight back to 9st 13lbs. I thought he ran well at Cheltenham on his last start behind Strictlyadancer, who has since gone and won at Haydock. That was a good run, he loves the distance and has a good record at Fairyhouse.
She’s a really important mare for horse racing. She’s 12 wins from 12 starts, bidding to make it 13. It’s HONEYSUCKLE and Rachael Blackmore, they’re star names in racing. My girls were asking where the racing was at the weekend and I told them Honeysuckle was running at Fairyhouse and now they’re going! She has that pull on people, she’s a magnificent mare, she’s been bomb proof, she’s unopposable. I hope she wins and I hope she rocks on to Leopardstown at Christmas and then Cheltenham next March and this unbeaten run goes on for another 18 or 20 months because they’re superstars and I like watching the best compete.
There’s plenty of runners in this year’s contest so there’s an each-way angle for punters who don’t want to take the odds-on about Honeysuckle. Abacadabras could definitely chase Honeysuckle home as he’s the second-best horse in the race on racing and could be a decent price to hit the frame.
There’s also the ‘betting without Honeysuckle market’ that Paddy has. Basically, you take Honeysuckle out of the equation and if wins the race or comes second to Honeysuckle you collect at the odds on offer in this market.
However, some races that are just about appreciating the spectacle and this is one of them. I hope Honeysuckle continues to win and proves what a great champion and draw for horseracing she is.
DADS LAD is probably the each-way call with 9st 13lbs and Brian Hayes keeping the ride on him but I thought ESKYLANE won snug enough at Down Royal and was a previous fifth in a Champion Bumper. He’s got his act together and could carry his penalty to victory on Sunday.
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