Betfair Chase is the big race at Ascot – and our little guy fantasizes about Irish racer Fakir D’Oudairies. Haydock, must pass the test like Wincanton, hold a Grand National trial
FAKIR D’OUDAIRIES were the favorites to double Ireland’s total in the Betfair Ascot Chase Class 1 (3.38) at Queen’s racecourse.
Not since Sound Man caught Edward O’Grady’s second run in 1996, has the two-mile, five-feather prize been exported across the Irish Sea.
But Joseph O’Brien has a strong contender in the seven-year-old JP McManus-owned game, a two-time top-level winner, including a spectacular 11-long run in the Melling match Top level Chase at Aintree’s Grand National last April. .
Starting my campaign with an easy score in the Clonmel Runaway Rank 2 in November, my picks trailed Willie Mullins’ Allaho in Punchestown and Thurles in his last two starts. that.
Mark Walsh’s mount won’t outshine a horse of this caliber and, with so much capacity ready to play to his advantage, the Fakir D’Oudairies should bring his class to bear.
TIME HAS STARTED there were strong claims in the William Hill Grand National Test Handicap Race (2.40) at Haydock.
The nine-year-old boy trained by Jonjo O’Neill registered for the Aintree on April 9 but was ineligible to run, having had too few runs over the fence.
Presenting’s son JP McManus has contributed greatly to his light advocacy career, arriving late at the scene to land the Midlands Grand National with the Mighty Thunder last March.
Time To Get Up failed to shine through the National barrier in December’s Grand Sefton Chase, finishing last of 11 behind Mac Tottie.
It’s likely that my pick didn’t hit the famous hurdles, while the two-mile back move and the extended five wouldn’t work in his favor.
Three and a half miles in heavy soil and a specified fence would be more to his liking.
After landing William Hill Rendlesham Hurdle (2.05) 2nd 12 months ago, THIRD WIND received the vote to repeat the feat.
Despite finishing last in the First Class Hiking Race at Ascot a week before Christmas, Hughie Morrison’s eight-year-old put in a better effort finishing third behind Sporting John in the hurdles at Warwick five weeks ago.
Another step up will see Tom O’Brien’s partner have a rigorous defense of his title.
Downstairs Ascot Chase, FIDDLERONTHEROOF ranked first in terms of who to beat in the match Greatbritishstallionshowcase.co.uk Swinley Chase (2.25).
He came within half the length of giving Colin Tizzard his third success in the Ladbrokes Trophy – and presumably won but was thwarted by Remastered’s demise.
Under those circumstances, a 5lb weight gain was to be expected and shouldn’t have stopped another daring performance.
Winning two of his three outings this season, ZACONY REBEL has untapped potential as he faces 12 opponents for Dingley’s Promise Handicap Hurdle (3.00).
Grade 2 Bateaux London Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase (1.50) lacked the highlight and DOYEN BREED, sent down by Sandy Thomson from the Scottish Borders, received the vote a second before Threeunderthrufive at Warwick last time.
In Wincanton, Goshen managed to win consecutively in the Matchbook Exchange Kingwell Hurdle Betting Game (3.20), but preference was given to ADAGIO.
After a wind surgery, cadet David Pipe had a second-best underweight run against West Cork in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham in November.
He has much more to offer on his eighth attempt over the obstacles.
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