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Irish Grand National 2014

They’re racing in County Meath today and the feature race at Fairyhouse is the Irish Grand National later this afternoon.

Today’s Fairyhouse fancies:

2.45 Fairy- Clarcam (win).

3.15 Fairy –Upsie (e/w).

3.45 Fairy- Prince Rudi & Silver Tassie (e/w).

4.20 Fairy – Stowaway Shark (e/w).

5.00 Fairy- Home Farm, Lion Na Bernai & Mullaghanoe River (e/w).

5.35 Fairy –Tarla (win).

6.05 Fairy- Mackey’s Forge & Raajih (e/w).

6.35 Fairy- Bosman Rule (e/w).

Upsie side your head! 😉

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Good Morning from Mulldog Towers on what is the start of April and of course April Fools Day. It’s actually a great excuse and escape clause for me when all my fancies fail later I can just claim it was all a practical joke.

Yesterday I put a “shout-out” for anyone who had any thoughts on the Irish Grand National. Adam Webb stepped up to the plate and here are his thoughts on today’s feature race in Ireland.

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I always enjoy studying form towards staying chases, especially towards the big three Nationals outside of Aintree with a mind-set of looking for horses that could go on to Aintree glory in the future. The Irish National has a pretty good record with horses going on from either winning or being placed in this race and transferring their form to Aintree. Prime examples include Bobbyjo and Papillion who both fought out the finish in the 1998 Irish National. They both went on to be the next two winners at Aintree. Numbersixvalverde won this as a novice in 2005 before going on to succeed at Aintree the following year.

Statistics for the Irish National show that novices have an excellent record in the race with five of the last six winners being a novice (although some were second season novices) plus with more recent figures suggesting that younger horses take a hand in the finish although Lion Na Bearnai is an exception.

Although he is nine years old, Rich Revival comes into the race as a horse with an upward looking profile over fences with a handy weight of 10-4. Having only had three runs over the larger obstacles, he is still unbeaten with his last victory coming in the Leinster National at Naas beating Murchu and Aintree National bound Rare Bob. A half-brother to Seabass who is also out of Turtle Island, he will relish the soft ground at Fairyhouse and the step up in trip looks to be no issue so he will be thereabouts at the business end of the race.

Marasonnien also looks interested from the bottom of the handicap as she won the three mile Grade One novice hurdle at Punchestown on some of the worst Irish ground I have ever seen with extreme stamina. She hasn’t won on her three chase starts this season but she was second to Lord Windermere who went on to win the RSA Chase at Cheltenham so if she can transfer that form to this then she must have a chance. Also, with Ruby Walsh booked to ride, Mullins must be confident this is his best chance of his first Irish National winner.

Sweeney Tunes looks a leading contender with his recent victory over 2m4f at Naas although he did look lucky after Mikael D’Haguenet almost fell three out. He looks a strapping staying type who should go on the ground and with Davy Russell onboard, he is sure to run a big race. The final novice I will consider is Home Farm who comes from the Arthur Moore stable who had Organisedconfusion win this as a six year old. He won his last start at Fairyhouse in great style beating Marasonnien and White Star Line who recently finished third at Cheltenham behind Golden Chieftain. If he gets the trip, he could be a big threat.

Outside these four novices, Romanesco looks a potent threat on the back on his second behind Colbert Station in the Paddy Power at Leopardstown over Christmas and his third behind Same Difference in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham. The step up in trip looks the main worry about his chances. Goonyella looks interesting as a six year old hunter chaser but they don’t seem to have a good recent record in this race so I’m against this horse being placed. I don’t understand why Magnanimity is running here instead of Aintree as I believe he wants better ground which is what he will get with the dry weather forecasted for Liverpool. Junior is way out of his depth giving a stone and more to twenty eight rivals but he has run creditably apart from last time in the Pertemps. An outsider that does interest me is Our Victoria who was fourth to Teaforthree in the four miler at Cheltenham last season. If she can run anywhere near that form then she must have an each way chance and also the Thyestes winner Jadanli could run into a place.

Win – Home Farm (12.0 Betfair)

Each way – Our Victoria (80.0 Betfair)

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Today’s Fairyhouse fancies:

2.40 Fairy- Dressedtothenines (e/w).

3.10 Fairy- Sarabad & Tom Horn (e/w).

3.40 Fairy- Mallowney (win).

4.10 Fairy- Need To Talk (e/w).

4.50 Fairy- Magnanimity, Muirhead & Sweeney Tunes (e/w).

5.25 Fairy- He’s Our Man & Klepht (e/w).

5.55 Fairy- Prince Rudi (e/w).

6.25 Fairy- Eight Chimes (e/w).

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Don’t forget to tune in at 7pm this evening when we will be looking at all things Aintree on the JP Festival TV broadcast.

 

Girls always find Grand National winners yes?

This time next week the Grand National will all the over and another winning trainer will be toasting champagne alongside the victorious horse at an open press day. We all know the scenes I’m describing yes?

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Well I’m pretty sure you’ll be hoping the victorious horse taking the plaudits is the one you’ve backed and if you’re struggling to land that lucky pin on just one selection then why not take in a few words of wisdom from my friend Karen.

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SEABASS – This horse and jockey have experience around the course. Katie Walsh rides and will be hoping to improve on last years third.

CAPPA BLEU – Another horse who has previous experience of these fences. He finished 12 lengths behind last year’s winner in fourth place. With only 10st 11lb he goes there in good form.

SAINT ARE – Tim Vaughan has a solid chance with this horse. Three runs on the course have produced two wins and a second. If  he can transfer his liking of Liverpool to the big fences he has sound credentials . Weighted at 10st 8lb- this looks ideal. One negative for him would be his age; no 7-y-o has won the race but at big odds he’s worth taking a chance on.

BIG FELLA THANKS – Currently my long shot. Last year he finished 7th. He may lack a little stamina but he’s a lively contender at this huge price. Fans of Thommo may dive in saying Woahhh Big Fella! 😀

In 2001 Karen backed Red Marauder and Smarty both at big prices. If you recall it was desperate ground that year when only four finished – two of which remounted. Karen won a fortune that year and treated herself to a custom designed tattoo the following week.

Muddy hell !!!

Muddy hell !!!

I was extremely pleased with yesterday’s global results here on the blog. I picked a Dubai World Cup winner in Animal Kingdom @ 6.4, a Lincoln third in Brae Hill (14/1) and a first race winner at Haydock with Monsieur Cadou @ 10/1. Throw Dare Me (A Coleman, 6/5 fav) into the mix and it wasn’t too bad an afternoon.

Today’s fancies are at Towcester:

2.10 Towc- Don’t Be Late & Tackler (e/w).

2.40 Towc- Quayside Court (win).

3.10 Towc- My Viking Bay (e/w).

3.40 Towc- Top Benefit (e/w).

4.10  Towc- Count Guido Deiro (e/w).

4.45  Towc- What Of It (win).

5.15 Towc- Letbeso (e/w).

Be sure to return tomorrow for thoughts on the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse.

Irish National (weights revealed)

Apologies for no Mull It Over Blog today. In the meantime here is an article from The Irish Field about net weekend’s Fairyhouse showpiece:

Champion trainer Willie Mullins and champion owner JP McManus dominate the entries for this year’s Ladbrokes Irish Grand National.

The 2013 Fairyhouse Easter festival was launched last Tuesday at the yard of last year’s winning trainer Tom Gibney in Drumbarragh, Co. Meath.

The meeting which has its traditional highlight on Easter Monday, the €250,000 Ladbrokes Irish Grand National, takes place this year from 31st March to 2nd April and opens with the 63rd running of the Powers Gold Cup, one of the longest continuous sponsorships in Ireland.

The Easter Monday showpiece is one of the only big races on the Irish racing calendar to have eluded the champion trainer to date but, fresh from his top trainer accolade at last week’s Cheltenham Festival, that box could be ticked this year.

Back In Focus (pictured) will be a leading player if he takes his chance in the race.  Graham Wylie’s horse put up a big performance to land the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last Wednesday and, if Mullins determines that he has recovered sufficiently from his exertions there to take his chance at Fairyhouse in two weeks’ time, he’ll be prominent in the betting. As will Boston Bob, who also represents the Wylie/Mullins combination. The son of Bob Back could well have won the RSA Chase at Cheltenham last Wednesday had he not fallen at the final fence, and he had earlier battled on strongly to land the Grade 1 Dr PJ Moriarty Chase at Leopardstown last month.

It is another Mullins representative, Quel Esprit, who heads the weights.  The son of Saint Des Saints also has the Aintree Grand National as an option five days later but, should he stand his ground at Fairyhouse, he would be a high-class top weight.  Winner of the Grade 1 Hennessy Gold Cup in 2012, he shaped encouragingly for a long way in this year’s renewal of the Leopardstown race last month on his seasonal debut.  He should improve for that run, and his Irish National rating of 157 is 1lb lower than his official rating.

Alfie Sherrin heads a strong JP McManus representation.  The 10-year-old gelding has only run three times since he finished third in last year’s renewal of the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National, and he ran a fine race to finish fourth in the Kim Muir Chase at Cheltenham last Thursday.  His handicap rating of 135 is 1lb lower than the mark off which he raced at Fairyhouse last year, and that gives him a big chance.

There are many other interesting entries in what is shaping up to be a fascinating contest.  Rich Revival is one.  Liz Doyle’s horse has won all three of his races since he returned in December from a 20-month spell on the sidelines.  A 7lb hike for his recent Naas win may not be that harsh, and he won his beginners’ chase on his only run at Fairyhouse.

Realt Mor is another.  Gordon Elliott’s horse put up a remarkable performance to win his beginners’ chase over two and a half miles at Navan two weeks ago, setting off in front and just going further and further clear before winning, eased down, by 25 lengths from some useful fellow maiden chasers.  A handicap rating of 141 is just 6lb higher than his peak mark in Britain and, a full-brother to 2011 Powers Gold Cup winner Realt Dubh, his stamina is unproven but he will be a player if he takes his chance.

The Gigginstown House horse Magnanimity was pulled up before the final fence in last year’s Ladbrokes Irish National, but he had run well until he made a bad mistake at the second last fence.  The Dessie Hughes-trained gelding comes into the race in better form this season, his yard is in fine form, and he ran well on his latest start to finish second to Call The Police over an inadequate two and a half miles at Clonmel.

The Conor O’Dwyer-trained Competitive Edge, owned, like Alfie Sherrin, by JP McManus, is interesting despite a 14lb hike for winning impressively at Gowran Park last time.  He is another who has to prove his stamina for this three-mile-five-furlong marathon, but he is an exciting prospect.

Alfie Sherrin heads a six-strong entry from Britain that includes the David Pipe-trained Junior, winner of the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle last December, and the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Lost Glory, not seen in public since he won a handicap chase at Chepstow last October, while other entries of note in a star-studded cast include National Hunt Chase runner-up Tofino Bay, Thyestes Chase winner Jadanli, Galway Plate winner Bob Lingo, Bobbyjo Chase winner Roi Du Mee, Leopardstown Chase runner-up Sweeney Tunes and last week’s Kim Muir third Romanesco.

The list of entries for the feature race on Easter Sunday, the Grade 1 Powers Gold Cup, is comprised of some of the top Irish novice chasers who featured at Cheltenham last week, including Arvika Ligeonniere, Baily Green, Lyreen Legend, Aupcharlie, Boston Bob, Marito, Texas Jack, Benefficient and Alderwood, with some of the leading novice chasers who didn’t make the trip, including Mount Benbulben, Mikael D’Haguenet, Buckers Bridge, Dedigout and Oscars Well, potentially lying in wait.

The first day of the meeting also features the inaugural running of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares’ Novice Hurdle as a Grade 1 contest, in which Willie Mullins’ recent Naas Grade 2 winner Annie Power sets a high standard.

Peter Roe, manager at Fairyhouse, said: “The ground is currently soft and more rain is forecast. There will be fresh new ground used each day and the track for the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National has not been used this winter and we’re hugely excited by what could be a high class field. We are confident that with the depth and quality of our entries for the remaining races over the three days that it should be our best Easter Festival ever.”

Hayley O’Connor from Ladbrokes said: “This is our third year associated with Ireland’s premier handicap chase and after a truly spectacular Cheltenham for the Irish contenders, the quality and depth to this year’s field has the ingredients for a vintage renewal. We’ve entered a golden era for Irish National Hunt racing and some of the jewels in our crown will be on show at the Fairyhouse festival.”
Ladbrokes Irish Grand National prices: 8 Back In Focus, 8 Alfie Sherrin, 10 Boston Bob, 10 Lost Glory, 10 Romanesco, 10 Tofino Bay, 12 Carlingford Lough, 12 Ninetieth Minute, 12 Realt Mor, 12 Rich Revival, 12 White Star Line, 14 Boston’s Angel, 14 Dedigout, 14 Home Farm, 14 Murchu, 14 Roi Du Mee, 14 Sweeny Tunes, 14 Terminal, 14 Treacle, 14 Vesper Bell, 16 Alderwood, 16 Deal Done, 16 Junior, 16 Marasonnien, 16 Outlaw Pete, 16 Panther Claw, 16 Rapidolyte De Ladalka, 20 bar (1/4 odds 1,2,3,4).

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Mull it Over recommends: Murchu @ 14/1 (e/w).

Great faith at Fairyhouse

It’s always quite saddening when you have a winner at the expense of a fatality but that happened to me yesterday when No Way Hozay went at the last. Of course when something like that happens all the heretics and screaming banshees crawl out of the woodwork and start pontificating about the sport of horse racing. However they never focus on the good things that are in place for the welfare of horses for some strange reason?

This Saturday sees the Greatwood Charity meeting at Newbury. I would advise any of you who are unfamiliar with the work of this organisation to take a look at their website and familiarise yourself with what they do. Even donate if you feel the urge and have some spare Cheltenham pennies? Greatwood Charity

Today’s fancies are at Fairyhouse:

1.55 Fairy- Waaheb (win).

2.25 Fairy- Royal Flight (e/w).

2.55 Fairy- Smart Money (e/w).

3.25 Fairy- Andiamos (win).

3.55 Fairy- Bobsthewizard (e/w).

4.25 Fairy- Bowfinger & Happy Tobe Here (e/w).

4.55 Fairy- Sizing Chile (win).

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No Cheltenham plugs, no rejoicing over yesterdays winners today. Just take a moment to reflect on the sport we enjoy 🙂

 

 

Kempton’s Kool Kids ft Mully’s Harlem Shake

It’s certainly a day to wrap up from the icy wind today and you’ll definitely need your bobble hat on if you’re at Kempton. Perhaps you’re at Fairyhouse for the  At The Races Bobbyjo Chase (Grade 2) though? With a whole host of Grand National runners competing it may be prudent to place your antepost before 2.35 pm?  Grand National Betting

Have you heard about the new craze sweeping the web? Move over Gangam Style, it’s all about the Harlem Shake now. As you know I’ve been known to celebrate a winner at home in various ways so why not do so whilst doing the Harlem Shake? 😀

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Today’s fancies are at Kempton:

1.30 Kemp- Midnight Sail (e/w).

2.05 Kemp- Irish Saint (win).

2.40 Kemp- Molotof (win).

3.15 Kemp- Forgotten Voice (e/w).

3.50 Kemp- Duke Of Lucca & Hector’s Choice (e/w).

4.25 Kemp- Quaddick Lake & Hollo Ladies (e/w).

5.00 Kemp- Carlton Jack & Black Cow (e/w).

Duke Of Lucca

Duke Of Lucca

Hoping lucca is on our side today! 😉

 

 

Irish Grand National 2012

The Crying Game

Did you have a little blubber at Bubba winning the US Masters Golf last night? It really was a splendid sporting moment for this popular unconventional golf swinging man. Go Bubba!

Today is the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse which always seems to be run at quite a frenetic pace in recent years. So who will step up to the plate today? Well I can’t see McCoy going over just to make up the numbers and I’m also thinking that it’s not amongst the realms of impossibility that J.P McManus may win TWO Nationals this week-the second not being with the obvious Sychronised but Sunnyhillboy or Arbor Supreme. So Groody Hill is a strong candidate in my eyes today and Gigginstown will also be on the premises too I believe with Four Commanders and Start Me Up. Throw in my other wildcard Western Charmer and we’ve got an interesting quartet to cheer home.

4.50 Fairyhouse: Groody Hill, Four Commanders, Start Me Up & Western Charmer (e/w).

Today’s fancies are at Plumpton:

2.30 Plump- Ulys Du Charmil (e/w).

3.05 Plump- Current Event (win).

3.40 Plump- Sircozy (e/w).

4.15 Plump- Guydus (e/w).

4.50 Plump- Beau Fighter (e/w).

5.25 Plump- Petit Ecuyer (e/w).

6.00 Pump- Madame Jasmine (e/w).

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Will the above simply be an “off the cuff” remark or reality ?!? 😉