Refreshed Jagoes a valuable gold pick
The Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse tomorrow has the makings of an absolutely fascinating Grade One. Zaarito, under his now regular pilot Davy Condon, is outright favourite to finally fulfil his huge promise at this level.
For all his class and the ease with which he goes about his job, lapses in concentration have thrice cost the eight-year-old this season. If Zaarito can keep it all together for the duration of the two and a half miles, there is no doubt he will be hard to beat.
Willie Mullins has a strong hand with Kempes and Shakervilz, while Roberto Goldback and Let Yourself Go have done enough throughout the season to suggest that success in such smart company is within their capabilities. That said, the value in the race may lie with Jagoes Mills (above), which is available at up to 15/2.
A taking third on his chasing debut behind Roberto Goldback and Cousin Vinny after nearly two years off at Navan in December, Thomas O'Leary's gelding progressed from there to score twice, including when beating Cheltenham runner-up Becauseicouldntsee over course and distance.
Then, when the Grade Two Nas Na Riogh Chase was delayed for five days and transferred to Thurles, O'Leary, who had intended to come straight here, opted to take it in along the way.
Heavily supported into favouritism despite the presence of An Cathaoir Mor and Kempes, things ultimately went against Jagoes Mills on the day.
Davy Russell had to make his own pace, a tactic that had everything except Kempes in trouble turning in. Ultimately, though, having done all the donkey work, Jagoes Mills was a sitting duck once Ruby Walsh had him in his sights on the run to the last.
Given that it was little over two weeks after his previous outing, that was a fair effort in the circumstances. Having been freshened up since, and with Let Yourself Go expected to make the running, Jagoes Mills is fancied to get back to winning ways.
Another that is taken to make amends is For Bill. The Michael Winters-trained mare tackles quality opposition in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Hurdle, including the Henry Murphy-owned Morning Supreme and Blazing Tempo, which bettered her at Limerick last time.
However, For Bill was competing over an inadequate trip of two miles on that occasion, and performed admirably given the task she faced. With the stiffer track and the extra half mile not necessarily in Morning Supreme's favour, an eighth win in nine career starts may await For Bill.