Monday 19 February 2018


Wayne Bailey

1.30 Jewson Novices Chase

Dynaste looks the real deal over fences. He was oozing class when winning the Kauto Star Feltham Novices' Chase in December and his short price of 7/4 is justified.

2.05 Pertemps Final H'cap Hurdle

This race has become a bookmaker benefit in recent years and the average SP of the winner since 2004 is 23/1. American Trilogy might be worth a small each-way bet at 16/1 now that he's been dropped in the weights.

2.40 Ryanair Chase

Cue Card comes here in the form of his life and his sure to make his presence felt, although his odds are a little on the short side at 11/4. First Lieutenant is expected to give a good account of himself, but a chance is taken on Riverside Theatre at 5/1 to bounce back from a poor display on heavy ground in the King George.

3.20 Ladbrokes World Hurdle

Big Buck's won't get an opportunity to emulate Golden Miller and Quevega by winning a Festival race five years on the trot, but owner Andy Stewart has said that they will be back to have a crack at the 2014 renewal. In his absence, Oscar Whiskey can land the spoils at 10/3. The eight-year-old was beaten by a neck by Reve De Sivola in the Cleeve hurdle here last time, but he's proved he can stay the distance and should reverse the placings today on better ground.

4.0 Byrne Group Plate

Ballynagour landed a gamble at Warwick in fine style last month and the form has been franked as the horse he beat that day, Golden Chieftain, went on to win the JLT Specialty Handicap Chase on Tuesday. He looks a seriously good horse and is a confident selection today, priced around 7/2.

4.40 Kim Muir Challenge Cup

A tricky handicap to decipher, with at least nine or 10 runners having claims. The Venetia Williams -trained Relax has been in good form of late and is given a token each-way vote off what looks a fair weight.

5.15 Cross Country H'cap Chase

Tuesday's race has been rescheduled, but the selection remains the same. Enda Bolger specialises in the Cross Country and has had the winner or runner-up of this race in seven of the last eight renewals. Nina Carberry had to settle for second place on Tofino Bay yesterday (traded at 1/100 in-running), but she can land a Festival win today on board Bolger's Arabella Boy, priced around 7/2.

Irish Independent

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