Wednesday 22 November 2017

Fairyhouse TIPS: Our team of experts mark your card for Irish Grand National Day

Richard Forristal, Patrick Mullins and Niall Cronin
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Patrick Mullins, Richard Forristal and Niall Cronin have dissected all eight races on Irish Grand National Day at Fairyhouse. Check out their selections below.

2.40 Grade Two REA Grimes Property Consultants Hurdle 2m

Richard Forristal: Trust Slowmotion to make the required improvement for the O'Briens.

Patrick Mullins: The opening Juvenile Hurdle looks to be at the mercy of Aidan and Joseph O'Brien's Slowmotion.

Niall Cronin: Rashaan

3.15 Grade Two Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Novice' Hurdle 2m

Richard Forristal: Moon Over Germany (Nap) can shine for Davy Russell.

Patrick Mullins: We run Royal Caviar and Babbling Stream in the Grade Two Novice Hurdle, but both face a stiff task with Sutton Place, very impressive in his two wins, likely to prove a tough nut to crack with the best available form.

Niall Cronin: Sutton Place

3.50 Fleet Connect Handicap Hurdle 2m 6f

Richard Forristal: A back-to-form Aengus appeals for Noel Meade and Jonathan Moore.

Patrick Mullins: Isleofhopendreams won very well for us on his first ever run, and has a live chance.

Niall Cronin: Isleofhopeandreams

4.20 Grade Two Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle 2m 4f

Richard Forristal: If the Adrian Heskin-ridden Gwencily Berbas strips fit, he has lots going for him.

Patrick Mullins: I think the improving Gwencily Berbas will prevail, however. He ran well when third behind Arctic Fire in the Hatton's Grace, he's got the most progressive profile.

Niall Cronin: Alan Fleming’s Gwencily Berbas looks capable of obliging.  The lightly raced five-year-old has been absent since running in the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle where he finished third behind Arctic Fire and World Hurdle runner-up Alpha Des Obeaux and he is a horse is held in high regard and should be up to winning this ahead of the likes of Dedigout and Taglietelle.

5.00 Boylesports Irish Grand National Chase 3m 5f

Richard Forristal: This corner's fancy is Gigginstown's Rogue Angel, whose trainer Mouse Morris won with Hear The Echo for O'Leary in 2008. He may not be the most provocative selection, and, after 25 runs over fences, he is a bit of an open book.

Patrick Mullins: The horse I like at a big price is the Troytown winner Riverside City for Gordon Elliott and Nina Carberry. Nina has won this race before, while Gordon's horses are in great form.

Niall Cronin: The selection from this corner is another Elliott inmate, the Gigginstown-owned, Killer Crow. The 3m5f trip is a concern for Elliott but his form is rock solid and was given a boost at Cheltenham when Empire Of Dirt won last time out."

5.35 Grade Three John & Chich Fowler EBF Mares' Chase 2m 4f

Richard Forristal: Emily Gray can take this for export for Kim Bailey and David Bass.

Patrick Mullins: Uranna hasn't sparkled for us over fences and the English raider Emily Gray, who twice beat Gitane De Berlais, will be difficult to beat in the Mares Chase

Niall Cronin: Emily Gray

6.10 Fred Kenny Novices' Handicap Chase 2m 6f

Richard Forristal: Milanesque has the scope to go close under Robbie Power.

Patrick Mullins: I like the bottom weight Glenwood For Ever for Paul John Gilligan

Niall Cronin: Milanesque

6.40 Boomerang Animal Bedding Flat Race 2m

Richard Forristal: A trappy contest but Death Duty is the horse to keep on side for now.

Patrick Mullins: It's a competitive affair and I'd be very wary of both Sunni May and Death Duty, who won a Listed bumper at Navan before Christmas, but I'm hoping Blow by Blow has improved again and he can make the wait pay off.

Niall Cronin: Death Duty

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