It’s ok! I’m not going anywhere because Uncle Boris won’t allow it, but I am taking a social media break this week for personal reasons. A couple of my really close racing friends know why so we’ll just leave it there.
My automated blog posts will continue as per usual however, and hopefully there will be some Aintree nuggets contained in there later in the week! 😀
Looking forward to resuming my own Aintree journey next Sunday, but for now I need a short break to contemplate and self-evaluate away from the frantic din of social media. I suspect it will be highly beneficial cleansing mechanism.
The Denise Foster-trained Call Me Lyreen has the perfect opportunity to bounce right back to form in this Grade 2 Novice Hurdle over two miles.
After winning his first three races, the five-year-old was unfortunate enough to bump into the subsequent Supreme Novices’ winner Appreciate It in the Grade 1 Future Champions contest at Leopardstown and he was never a factor.
There are no such horses of that calibre in this race and Call Me Lyreen under Jack Kennedy can resume the winning thread. Odds of 14/1 look value enough.
Of the others, course and distance winner M C Muldoon for the father and son Mullins team looks a worthy adversary.
3.20 – Skyace (E/W)
This Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final can go the way of this season’s revelation Skyace for the Joseph Hanlon stable.
The £600 cast-off out of Willie Mullins’ yard has more than paid her way under Hanlon and she ran a decent enough fourth at the Cheltenham Festival too.
Skyace is in as good as form as any in this contest and at odds of around 5/1, she looks like a strong each-way bet to nothing.
Atlantic Fairy and Rhythm Divine look like her most obvious dangers and are definitely forecast candidates at the very least.
3.50 – Gabynako (NAP)
Gavin Cromwell’s Gabynako was a well-fancied 9/2 shot in the Martin Pipe Conditional at The Festival but was unfortunately hampered mid-race and ended up unseating his jockey.
The six-year-old has been running consistently all season and to be within close proximity of Fakiera and Bob Olinger on a couple of occasions is no mean feat.
This Grade 2 race is very competitive but here at 888sport, we predict that Gabynako will make amends for that unseat last time out and is our NAP of the day.
Others to bear in mind are Gentlemansgame who missed Cheltenham and Grand Paradis for Denise Foster.
4.25 – Yukon Lil (E/W)
The novice chasers will do battle here in this 2m ½f handicap and it may pay to side with the top-weighted Yukon Lil.
The versatile Willie Mullins-trained mare stepped back into hurdling company last time out, winning in convincing fashion at prohibitive odds. She’s back in the chasing sphere today and will be in thick of things under Paul Townend.
Of the rest of the runners, course and distance scorers Aramax and Duc D’allier have to be on any shortlist you make for this contest.
5.00 – Andy Dufresne (WIN)
Sunday’s feature race at Fairyhouse looks like a great opportunity for the Denise Foster- trained Andy Dufresne to pick up another pay cheque.
The JP McManus-owned seven-year-old is in a rich vein of form this season and at odds of 7/2 he can take on all comers such as Asterion Forlonge and Conflated.
With the Mullins runners here likely to be feeling the effects of their Cheltenham exertions, the race looks primed for the much fresher Andy Dufresne to score.