Saturday 25 November 2017

Upping the ante

Our Duke, which lacks experience, looks the best-handicapped horse in the race. Photo credit: Getty Images
Our Duke, which lacks experience, looks the best-handicapped horse in the race. Photo credit: Getty Images

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Jessica Harrington had a quite spectacular Cheltenham and her excellent season can continue at Fairyhouse in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National on Easter Monday.

Our Duke, which lacks experience, looks the best-handicapped horse in the race. While he is a novice that is learning his trade, his battling qualities will stand to him in a difficult race and he is surely a proper Grade One horse in the making next season.

A placid sort at home, he has a fine attitude. After winning his maiden chase, he beat Coney Island and Disko at Leopardstown, subsequently finishing second to Disko back at Leopardstown when the last-named seemed more suited by the reversion to two miles and five.

Stepping up a mile will certainly be to the liking of the son of Oscar and it was encouraging to see Disko run so well at Cheltenham. He was beaten just four lengths by the brilliant Yorkhill.

If Our Duke can get into a rhythm under a prominent ride, he will be really hard to beat under the in-form Robbie Power. BET: Our Duke in Irish National, 1pt win 10/1

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