Some what of an ‘aftermath’ feel to today’s racing proceedings following the epic scenes from Aintree and in particular Tiger Roll but there is still some decent betting opportunities from across today’s cards and hopefully we have highlighted 3 strong bets to end the weekend on a winning note.
Today we have meetings from Fairyhouse and Cork in Ireland, plus tricky looking cards at Ffos Las and Plumpton and though not likely to match the events from Liverpool yesterday is sure to prove informative none the less.
Though clearly not one of Joseph O’Brien’s stable stars, the value selection in the opening contest from Fairyhouse this afternoon is the mare LITTLE LIGHT who looks the preferred option to market leader Great White Shark and looks a decent bet at the current prices.
O’Brien clearly is a master trainer of young hurdlers and this looks a good opportunity for the lightly raced 5 yr-old. She was runner up over course and distance back in February to Gordon Elliott s well regarded mare Black Tears who has given this form line a big boost since, before looking to not fully see out the trip over 2mile 5 furlongs on heavy ground at Limerick.
This step back to two miles and the better ground should suit ideally and if reproducing the form when chasing home Black Tears it would be good enough to win this easier looking contest.
As mentioned, the main danger looks to the be the likely favourite Great White Shark for the leading team of Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins but does look plenty short enough, and would be no surprise to see Little Light really well supported late on for connections who are no strangers of looking to land a nice touch or two.
Fairyhouse stages a real interesting card and the best bet from the meeting looks to come in the Grade 2 Novice Hurdle where we expect ZERO TEN to take some stopping following his convincing 13length victory at Leopardstown last month.
The National Hunt world isn’t standing still in the aftermath of yesterdays history making Grand National and leading connections have headed to the track this afternoon and the family duo of Emmet Mullins and David Mullins team up with the highly promising 6 yr old and should take some stopping despite this step up in grade.
The Leopardstown victory was visually very impressive, being eased on the run-in having put a good field to bed, and this was backed up the winning time on the clock that very much suggested it wouldn’t be long before scoring in higher grades. He was also heavily backed that day to suggest the manner of the victory wasn’t unexpected and could be a youngster heading for the top.
Willie Mullins went close yesterday with Rathvinden and fields two of the main dangers in Easy Game and Harrie but it is hard to get past Zero Ten who should take this before moving on to bigger and better things.
Trainer Seamus Mullins is a very capable operator with his small string and the best bet on this afternoons Plumpton card is the course and distance winner MICQUUS who looks to have leading credentials to extend his winning run.
The gallant 10-yr old scored in really good style over course and distance in February and then once again was visually really impressive when hitting the target in the middle of last month. He is now 2 from 2 since the cheek pieces have been applied and they look to have made all the difference and gave the impression that whilst in this current form should prove much better than a mark of 88.
This looks a winnable event and quite a shrewd bit of placing by Mullins who is sure to have the contest pencilled in the racing calendar since the victory last time out, as clearly saves all his best efforts for the track and as is in the form of his life so will look to take advantage of this favourable handicap mark.
The main danger could be Champion Chase who has often been well supported and has the blinkers applied for the first time in the hope they bring the required improvement, but it is Micquus I expect to take all the beating and looks the type to be warm in the markets.