A brilliant line up National Hunt class at Fairyhouse today

With a card that includes the Hatton's Grace Hurdle and the Drinmore Novice Chase, racing fans are in for a treat. Accompanied by an intriguing Royal Bond Novice hurdle, we have clues galore for future plans of some of Irelands brightest thoroughbreds

Royal Bond Novice Hurdle - 13:00 Fairyhouse

Mengli Khan from Gordon Elliot carries the Gigginstown colours and the favourites position for the Royal Bond Novice hurdle but is not without opposition as the likes of Makitorix and Le Richebourg.

It is not unnoticed that Willie Mullins has won the last three renewals of this race but will have to rely solely on Makitorix if he is to retain it for a 4th time. Red Jack could be anything for Noel Meade and whilst a price cannot be discounted entirely

Hattons Grace Hurdle - 13:30 Fairyhouse

Apples Jade

Whilst to many this might look like a match race between Apples Jade, and Nichols Canyon, one would suggest writing off Supasundae for the event would be folly.

The Coral Cup winner was superb at Cheltenham and followed up with a fine runner-up spot at Aintree. This is plainly much tougher but he can be involved all the way round for Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power.

Apples Jade is a dual Mares Champion at both Cheltenham and Punchestown and will be tough to beat, especially getting weight from the now 7yo Nichols Canyon who is the current Cheltenham stayers champion.

Always one to keep an eye on seasonal debut, this will be a fascinating event, tha Apples Jade is taken to justify her market position

Drinmore Novice Chase - 14:35

If there ever looked to be a soft ground Chasing Champion it would be Death Duty.

Despite mistakes in running he has beaten off all challengers to date over fences, and probably deserves to be where he is in the betting.

Dinaria Des Obeaux is a stable mate, as is Shattered Love, and if Death Duty doesn't deliver, the former would look the most likely to pick up the pieces.

Rathvinden is very decent also, and Snow Falcon is surely a very good chaser in the making too. We are in for a show with this event, and there is just a squeak of preference doe Dinaria Des Obeaux in my camp

Fairyhouse Betting Tips

  • 13:00 - Makitorix
  • 13:30 - Apples Jade
  • 14:35 - Dinaria Des Obeaux

Makes a nice little trixe with the treble paying 66/1