DRUMACOO (Michael Hourigan) Back in Ireland now and while not the force of old, can still win plenty of races. Looked unlucky at Fairyhouse where a dreadfully slow jump at the last proved costly.
FARCLAS (Gordon Elliott) Ran a blinder in the Spring Juvenile in what was just his second race for his new handler. They were sure he would turn the tables with Espoir D’Allen which he certainly did, but found the very smart Mr Adjudicator a shade too good this time. Looks an each way steal at 12/1 for the Triumph.
JENNYS MELODY (Simon Crawford) Much improved, made a very bright start over fences but might need three miles to really shine.
INVITATION ONLY (Willie Mullins) A brave effort in the Flogas and while he appeared to jump slightly right on a few occasions, that doesn’t really add up as the has won twice at left handed Navan.
Still any jumping issues tend to be found out at Cheltenham, and perhaps the Ryanair Gold Cup (formerly the Powers) at Fairyhouse on Easter Sunday – which surprisingly his trainer has never won – might be a juicy alternative to a visit to the Cotswolds.
MONALEE (Henry de Bromhead) Bounced back with a superb round of jumping at Leopardstown. Front running won’t be as easy in a grueller like the RSA though. For one so inexperienced at the time, he ran a cracker in the Albert Bartlett last year yet the trip found him out a bit. A year older now that may not be an issue, but the JLT could be a better option just the same.
MONTALBANO (Willie Mullins) Finally a clear round and a victory after two falls and certainly not short of ability. Will be much better when the ground dries out. Won at the Punchestown Festival last year and that looks a realistic target again next April. Probably best at the minimum trip.
SCHOOL BOY DAYS (Noel Meade) A half brother to Finians Oscar. Should appear in a bumper soon but won’t race over hurdles until after May 1.
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