The Fairyhouse meeting gets under way at 1.00 with a Grade Two, the Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle. The seven race card also plays host to the At The Races Bobbyjo Chase where Grand National ante-post favourite Prince De Beauchene attempts to land the Fairyhouse Grade Two for the second year running en route to Aintree.
Racing commences at 1:00 where Willie Mullins’ Dogora 1/1 looks to extend his unbeaten record. He didn’t impress on his recent outing when just finishing a head in front of Dalasiri, who has since been beaten. It could pay to look elsewhere and the Charles O’Brien trained Stocktons Wing 5/4 is the one who catches your eye on form. He chased home Our Conor in a Grade 3 contest here before bumping into another decent sort in Blood Cotil in a Grade 2 at Leopardstown. His form is the best in the race and he could be worth taking a chance to overturn the Willie Mullins’ favourite.
Willie Mullins’ seems to have a stranglehold on the I.T.B.A. Fillies Scheme Novice Hurdle at 1:30 with two decent sorts in the race. Tasitiocht 5/2 has impressed when winning her last starts two over hurdles and we know the ground is no problem to the Willie Mullins trained mare. Glens Melody 10/11 was impressive when winning a good mares’ Listed contest at Leopardstown last month and she could prove a tough to beat again today despite her penalty. Byerley Babe 4/1 is still unexposed and could running in to the placings.
Our Girl Salley has a string of seconds to her name and today’s attheraces.com Exclusive Barry Geraghty Blog Handicap Hurdle looks the perfect opportunity to gain an overdue victory. Her mark of 130 looks like an attractive one here back over timber. Last season she held a mark of 137 when taking a Grade 3 event and the handicapper has given her a chance here with a nice drop despite her consistency. Dazzling Susie looks the main danger.
Prince De Beauchene 11/10 attempts to land the Bobyjo Chase for the second year running. He was impressive when doing it last year and that left him set for Aintree before injury ruled him out of the contest. Mullins seems to have his Grand National horses in good form this year with On His Owns victory during the week. Prince De Beauchene looks the class act of this race but no value is available at his price. Seabass 4/1 is also very classy and Ted Walsh is sure to have him spot on after a recent effort over hurdles. Roi Du Mee 7/1 can also cause the major threat to him in this contest.
Marasonnien looks a decent type over fences despite been beaten on both occasions over the larger obstacles. He was beaten Lord Windermere on his latest outing and by The Westerner Boy on his debut over the larger obstacles. They are both good horses and this seems to be his easiest task to date. The experienced White Star Line may cause him the most problems.