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Friday 23 February 2018

Far Away So Close can rise above Confusion for Nolan

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Arthur Moore's Organisedconfusion, the 2011 Irish Grand National hero, shares top-weight alongside Willie Mullins stable-mates Lambro and Quiscover Fontaine in tomorrow's Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase back at Fairyhouse.

With overnight rain forecast and conditions at the Co Meath track already described as heavy, the meeting, which sees the €75,000 feature brought forward from its traditional Easter slot for a first time, needs to survive a 2.0 inspection today.

Should it get the all-clear, Organisedconfusion will have his first start over fences since exiting the Aintree National at the Canal Turn first time round last year.

Trained by Dan Moore's son and ridden by his granddaughter Nina Carberry, the eight-year-old would doubtless be a hugely popular winner once again here, and his latest hurdling start was encouraging. Fourth of 30 in the Pertemps qualifier at Leopardstown, he should be thereabouts, but the two-mile journey is a negative.

As a soft-ground lover, Lambro is also interesting for Mullins and Ruby Walsh. He emerged as one of the leading novice chasers last term, and signed off with a comprehensive triumph at Punchestown in May.

This is his first start over two miles since his second to Flemenstar at Naas a year ago. Tony Martin's Pires, seeking a fourth straight win over fences under Paul Carberry, and Peak Raider, representing Tommy and Peter Carberry, are others to consider.

However, Far Away So Close gets the nod for Paul Nolan and 5lb claimer Mick Doran. A novice that was runner-up to last month's Leopardstown winner Colbert Station over two miles at the Foxrock venue a year ago, the Gigginstown Stud-owned eight-year-old tired into third behind Argocat at Limerick last time.

Over two and a half miles that day, he made much of the running, but his exuberant style is better suited to this trip.

When Far Away So Close last ran over two miles, he was a good second to Lead Kindly Light – which is 3lb worse off now – in a decent race here and he looks fairly treated when you factor in his rider's allowance.

Despite being eligible to ride in six of the card's seven races, Gigginstown's regular rider Davy Russell has just two mounts, Thunder And Roses the pick of them in the Ward Union Hunt Gathering Maiden Hurdle. This is a poor heat, so Dessie Hughes' charge, second in its two hurdling starts, should win for the champion jockey.

In the Solerina Mares' Novice Hurdle, Mullins' Twigline is the choice of Walsh, with the trainer's son Patrick on Tasitiocht. Mags Mullins' Oscars Joy is preferred to both.

When losing her maiden status here under the trainer's son Danny, Oscars Joy had subsequent winners Caoimhe's Delight and Annie Oakley, which re-opposes, well behind, and that is as good a piece of form as anything on offer in this Listed event.

Walsh might secure a first and last-race double for Martin on Quickpick Vic and Sensational Sema. On his first try at three miles since winning a point-to-point in 2010, the well-handicapped Sensational Sema is nap material in the concluding chase.

Irish Independent

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