fairyhouse 10th Apr
Another bumper card to conclude Fairyhouse's three-day Irish Grand National meeting, with a couple Grade 3 events to kick off the action.
Racing begins at 4.00 with the Weatherbys Ireland GSB Hurdle and there is sure to be plenty of confidence behind the chance of Edeymi, last seen running on strongly to finish second in the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival last month.
The John Fowler Memorial EBF Mares Chase sees a welcome return to fences for Shop DJ, who was a fine fifth to the brilliant Quevega in the mares' hurdle at Cheltenham, having chased home Knockfierna in a Grade 3 at Cork on her most recent outing over the larger obstacles back in December.
She remains promising but this is no penalty kick, with the improving Odonimee respected and Belle Brook also capable of a big run if leaving behind her recent Limerick fall.
The prize money on offer has ensured the handicaps are fiercely competitive, with the www.thetote.com Handicap Hurdle particularly daunting for punters.
Unbeaten over hurdles so far, Much Acclaimed heads the shortlist, although the likes of Vast Consumption, Catleen and British raider Kandari all hold fair claims.
Another heading over from England is recent Cheltenham Festival hero Bellvano and the Grand Annual winner is sure to be played late again as he bids to concede weight to the likes of Shot From The Hip and The Sneezer in the Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase.
A decent prize awaits the winner of the Tattersalls Ireland George Mernagh Memorial Sales Bumper and it is no surprise to see Willie Mullins four-pronged with his assault, the pick of which might prove to be Andiamos, smartly bred and the pick of Patrick Mullins.
Salsify enjoyed his finest hour in the Foxhunters at Cheltenham, but Rodger Sweeney's seven-year-old now has weight to concede all round in the Fairyhouse Steel Joseph R O'Reilly Memorial Hunters Chase.
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