We run three in the Paddy Mullins Mares Handicap Hurdle over 2m 2f. Meri Devie (David Mullins) had a good run in the Autumn but disappointed at Christmas. Hopefully the ground dries out for her but she has a tough task with this weight. Court Artist (Liam Gilligan) ran very well at Haydock and her rider’s 7lb claim will be valuable on this type of mare. Contingency (Paul) is having her first run in a handicap and although a novice we think its worthwhile having a go off this mark.
Mr Adjudicator (Paul) goes for the 4yo Grade 1 Hurdle over 2 miles. He won impressively here at Christmas and has every chance in this top class race.
We have four in the Grade 1 Novice Hurdle over 2 miles. Duc Des Genievres (Noel Fehily) ran a great race at Naas but this is a tough assignment. Coming back in trip won’t be easy and a first four finish would be a huge performance. Real Steel (Patrick) was slowly into his stride here last time but was finishing well only to fall at the last. That experience will be of benefit to him here and will surely get him into the money. Sharjah (Paul) was unlucky to fall when appearing to have things in hand at the last here at Christmas. That run gives him every chance of putting it up to the favourite here. Whiskey Sour (David Mullins) was very fortuitous to win at Christmas but he has improved a lot since and could have each-way prospects today.
We also have four in the 3 mile handicap hurdle. Voix du Reve (Niall Kelly) has a lot of weight but ran well at Christmas and with normal improvement should be thereabouts. Total Recall (Paul) looks very well in judged on his chase mark. He has been in good form since his win and should have a great chance off this weight. Racing Pulse (Brian Hayes) has little to recommend him except his light weight. Giant Spirit (Rachael Blackmore) is having his first run in a handicap and has good prospects off this weight and over this trip.
We have five runners in the Grade 1 Novice Chase over 2m 5f. Al Boum Photo (David Mullins) was very unlucky at Limerick at Christmas and has to be on anyone’s shortlist for this race. Bon Papa (Mark Walsh) was going well to two out here last time but appeared not to stay. This shorter trip might suit better. Invitation Only (Paul) wan nicely last time and if that didn’t take too much out of him he should have a great chance here. Koshari (Robbie Power) ran very well against Invitation Only last time and will strip fitter here. Rathvinden (Patrick) has been running well all season and was going well when brought down here last time.
We have two runners in the Irish Gold Cup over 3 miles. Djakadam (Patrick) disappointed at Christmas but we are hoping he will show his real form here. Paul was keen to ride Killultagh Vic and he has the class for a race of this caliber even though he might lack the experience of his rivals.
We also run two in the 2m 5f handicap chase. Polidam (Paul) was very good at Navan but then disappointed at Leopardstown. We hope the ground and trip will bring about the required improvement. Arbre De Vie (David Mullins) has been running well without troubling the judge and this drier ground gives him a chance.
We have two in the mares bumper. Colreevy (Patrick) was very impressive at Fairyhouse and should have improved since. We are happy with her at home and expecting a big run. Relegate (Katie Walsh) put in a workmanlike performance at Punchestown. That was only three weeks ago and she may not have had enough time to improve since. However it is worth having a go for some black type.