Sunday service: Richard Forristal
Outsider to note: Hoochie Mama
Most of the form horses fill the top half of the field in the Osborne's Solicitors Handicap Hurdle at Naas tomorrow, and the market leaders will likely come from them.
However, Hoochie Mama is buried down at the foot of the line-up and catches the eye at around 14/1.
A winner over course and distance for Katie Walsh a year ago, her form then tailed off quite markedly.
Since the turn of the year, though, two respectable efforts at Thurles and Down Royal, when beaten around five lengths each time over trips short of her best, hinted at better things to come. With Walsh back in the saddle now and a return to three miles, she could make the frame off a featherweight 9st 10lb.
Naas 3.35 -- Day Of A Lifetime
Naas 4.10 -- Ad Idem
Naas 4.40 -- Hoochie Mama
Market Rasen 3.30 -- Cape Tribulation
100,000The amount of money Michael O'Leary will offer, live on RTE, for the winner of the point-to-point bumper at Fairyhouse at Easter. There are potential add-ons of up to €50,000, but connections must decide on the spot whether to sell.
300 The maximum return in euro allowed per race in Boylesports' Cheltenham money-back incentive. From now, if you back the second horse home in any of the first four races on the first day, the benevolent bookie will refund you.
7 Willie Mullins' record haul of Hennessy Gold Cups following Kempes' triumph.
Quote of the week
"It was horrific, the worst I have ever seen. Once the tape went up we all got on with our jobs but it was eerie at the start. There was a numb feeling as none of us knew what had happened." - Barry Geraghty on the episode that saw two horses die after being electrocuted in the parade ring at Newbury last week.
Three things we
learned this week
1 It's never wise to underestimate Jessica Harrington's talents. Despite Oscars Well having landed a Grade One effortlessly last time and Bostons Angel having beaten Quito De La Roque, which then won a Grade Two by 14 lengths, when winning at the same level, both horses went into their respective assignments at Leopardstown last Saturday with everything to prove. Or so we thought. Harrington hasn't forgotten how to handle a good horse, and proved that with a 71/1 Grade One double.
2 Paul Carberry had a week to forget. Some observers were unimpressed with his late flourish on Cool Quest, while others felt he got it all wrong from the front on China Rock, but most agree that he made a terrible hames of it on Martin Scruff. Sitting up after the last when he had two lengths to find looked bad, and Carberry won't need telling that he was charmed to get off with a caution.
3 Saturday's equine fatalities were unfortunate on such a high-profile day. As if Newbury's abandonment after two horses died from electrocution wasn't bad enough, to then lose Kilmurry at Warwick and Glencove Marina and Money Trix in the Hennessy Gold Cup was a pity. Still, it's not as if any of them were preventable.
Monday: Carlisle, Hereford, Wolverhampton (AW)
Tuesday: Southwell (AW), Taunton, Wetherby
Wednesday: Fairyhouse, Doncaster, Kempton* (AW), Lingfield (AW), Ludlow
Thursday: Thurles, Ayr, Huntingdon, Kempton* (AW), Southwell (AW)
Friday: Navan, Lingfield (AW), Sandown, Warwick, Wolverhampton* (AW)
Saturday: Navan, Chepstow, Kempton, Lingfield (AW), Newcastle
Sunday: Leopardstown, Fontwell, Towcester