My first ride at Fairyhouse is on Minella Escape in the beginner’s chase. Bacardys, a dual grade one winner, to me sets a high standard in this with his run at Gowran where he was just six and a half lengths behind Bob Olinger, which looks good form. Egality Mans is unexposed and could be an interesting runner for Willie Mullins. Minella Escape’s jumping wasn’t great early on at Fairyhouse on New Year’s Day, but he did warm up as the race went on and improved. Since that run, he has schooled well at home and providing he shows that today, he shouldn’t be too far away at the business end of the race.
My other ride on the card comes on Queen Jane in the first division of the maiden hurdle over two miles. She is a very nice mare by Mahler who is having her debut run for Henry here, she has been doing things nicely at home and had plenty of schooling. Hopefully, she can make a good start here and should be a mare for the future.
Fangio De Vassy
Moving onto Sunday, I have three rides at Naas starting with Fangio De Vassy in the two-mile four novice handicap chase. He is a horse with plenty of ability having won a point to point and a maiden hurdle at Wexford earlier this season. He can be a little in and out, but we are hopeful he can put up a good performance here in a competitive race. He has been going well at home, so fingers crossed he puts it all together here.
Next up is Brunello in the maiden hurdle. He had his first run over hurdles at Punchestown at the end of last year and that race looked a good one with Pied Piper just getting the better of Vauban. We were back in fifth, but providing he comes on for that experience he shouldn’t be too far away here.
The Short Go
My final ride of the weekend is on The Short Go who he ran very well at Naas when finishing third to Hawai Game over today’s same trip. Given that was his first effort over hurdles, with the usual improvement we can expect him to hopefully go close here.