Today’s Info 1st May 2015
A smart effort from Jezki yesterday got us a few points back but hopefully there are more to come at the Festival which rolls on again under the weight of Willie Mullins strength in depth….
The Grade A Handicap Chase is a cracker and although Pricewise is killing the price I do agree that Henry De Bromhead’s Shanahan’s Turn is worth supporting. A lovely type who has to put a recent blip behind him but lightly raced and full of promise on his starts to date and possible one that can outclass rivals today if back on song. Excellent at the start of the winter and then stepped up to Grade 1 company was a little outclassed but behind rivals in terms of experience at that stage in my view and has more to offer off what might look a very fair mark in time.
The other of note is a rag priced Silver Tassie for Noel Meade and Paul Carberry. Four times run in Graded company and returned from a spell on the sidelines in the Irish National but after the first was playing catch up and then rightly pulled up. I do think though that on decent ground he can improve plenty on what has been seen and off a feather weight is appealing as one that will be very capable of outrunning the odds on offer. Carberry can hunt them round as we know and it should be interesting to see this one with a clear round and a bit of luck in running.
Way Up In The Air is a moody mare but remains one of interest in the following race for Robert Tyner and the booking of David Casey is a good move with Phillip Enright out. She was well backed after catching the eye earlier in the winter but ran a scratchy race at Leopardstown over Christmas and was quirky once again when next seen at Naas. She may well play up again but I want to chance her on better ground and over a bit further as I feel she can do better and this race is shaped well for her to put it together at a track she has run well at in the past.
Alpha Des Obeaux may have still come off second best at Cheltenham behind Thistlecrack who ran so well here this week but as a work in progress it is hard to know what he may have found before falling when running a huge race. I think he is the best of the field for the Grade 1 at 6.05pm and the trip is probably perfect at this stage of his career. A horse I hope will hit the highest of heights with time and one to keep on side for this and more certainly next year, full of scope and it will be great to see him progress again. Nichols Canyon is a super type and clearly the one to beat so the task is there in front of him!
All eyes will of course be on Faugheen and why not, a special horse so far has a chance to dominate the division with side steppers leaving it clearer than before and Artic Fire eyeing him up once again. Looking forward to that too.
4.20 – Shanahans Turn 0.75pt Win – 10/1 Boyles and Powers, 12 Betway
4.20 – Silver Tassie 0.5pt e/w – 33/1 General, 4 places
4.55 – Way Up In The Air 0.75pt Win – 12/1 General
6.05 – Alpha Des Obeaux 0.75pt Win – 7/1 Stans, Lads and Bet365
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