Fairyhouse Saturday tips – Irish racing best bets on Bobbyjo Chase day
Irish horse racing best bets
Just one fixture goes to post in Ireland on Saturday over the sticks and we’ve looked through the day’s action to pick out our Fairyhouse Saturday tips and best bets.
A good fixture heads to post at Fairyhouse on Saturday where it is Bobbyjo Chase day at the Ratoath track and the Grade Three contest dominates proceedings along with two other Grade Three races including the rearranged Red Mills Trial Hurdle which has been rescheduled from the recently lost fixture at Gowran Park.
Eight races in all go to post from 1.10pm and we’ve looked over the day’s action in Ireland to pick out our Fairyhouse Saturday tips and best bets at the meeting.
FAIRYHOUSE SATURDAY TIPS – IRISH RACING BEST BETS 27 FEBRUARY
1:45 Fairyhouse – Red Mills Trial Hurdle (Grade 3) (4yo+) 2m
PETIT MOUCHOIR hasn’t won for a long time but the Al Namix gelding could be hard to beat here dropping in class and Gordon Elliott’s charge can end his winless run.
Now in the veteran stage of his career he won two Grade Ones over hurdles in his prime for Henry de Bromhead which includes the 2017 Irish Champion Hurdle. Following a stint over fences where he won at Punchestown and made the frame in Grade Ones at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival and Aintree Festival he has spent the last couple of seasons back over hurdles where he’s largely run well at the top level.
Runner-up in last season’s Matheson Hurdle he went on to finish third behind Honeysuckle in the Irish Champion Hurdle and fifth to Epatante in the Cheltenham equivalent as well as post a very good third behind Aramon in the Galway Hurdle on his final outing prior to switching to Elliott.
He’s had two runs this term, finishing third to Sharjah and then fifth in the latest Irish Champion Hurdle renewal and he should prove a tough nut to crack down in grade given he comes out very well at the weights.
2:17 Fairyhouse – Connolly’s Red Mills Irish EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m
STRANGER DANGER took a step away from some modest bumper form when tacking hurdles for the first time at Thurles last month, finding only one too good when beaten almost twenty lengths by Eurotiep and Gordon Elliott’s charge can improve for that experience to go one better.
The Sholokhov gelding bumped into a potentially smart sort on that occasion and despite the wide margin of his defeat he showed enough to suggest he can win races in this discipline.
He has the services of Jordan Gainford for this latest run and the rider is excellent value for his 7lbs claim which will considerably ease the selection’s task at the weights and entitled to improve on the back of his hurdles debut he could go well here for his in-form yard.
2:52 Fairyhouse – Bobbyjo Chase (Grade 3) (5yo+) 3m1½f
ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS won this race twelve months ago and can mount a successful title defence for Willie Mullins.
The veteran Network gelding ran well in defeat behind dual-Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo at Tramore on New Years’ Day where he finished tired and beaten almost twenty lengths although he in turn was well clear of the only other finisher.
He showed the benefit of that run next time when finishing fifth in the Theystes Chase and he was possibly still just in need of that run so could be expected to come on again for that latest run.
The form of that contest has been franked by the winner who went on to win a Grade Two next time and he’s been eased 1lb in the weights following his last run. He still has to give away weight to this field but he does have a decent record here with two wins and three efforts in the frame from six outings and with the yard continuing in form he can come out on top over stablemate Burrows Saint and take this race for a second year.
4:00 Fairyhouse – Tommy Carberry Handicap Hurdle (5yo+) 2m4f
CAMPEADOR scored his last success over fences more than two years ago but the Gris De Gris gelding can end his losing streak here having run well when last seen at Navan in January.
Gordon Elliott’s charge hasn’t been the most consistent of late but he bounced back from a lesser effort here in November to finish around eight lengths’ third to Damalisque in the Navan Hurdle where he relinquished the runner-up spot on the post.
The winner did no harm to the form next time with a good third in a valuable contest at Leopardstown during the Dublin Racing Festival and if the selection can build on that recent better effort then he could go close here.
He’s been rated considerably higher in the past so this mark is very much within his compass to exploit while Jordan Gainford can take off another 7lbs and he can remain competitive if arriving here in similar form.