By The Tote Team www.tote.co.uk
Three Grade One races and a handful of competitive handicaps make Sunday’s Fairyhouse card one to savour.
The likes of Envoi Allen and Honeysuckle are the star draws but should they form the back-bone of your Tote Placepot bet?
Read on for the pointers you need for the six important races in County Meath.
It’s not going to be too bad underfoot on Sunday with the chase course described as soft all round, while there are yielding patches on the hurdles track. A largely dry outlook prior to racing will ensure it gets no deeper.
Few jockeys, if any, are riding better than Paul Townend at the moment. The dual Gold Cup-winning rider is operating at a 61% strike-rate in the past fortnight, and perhaps more important for Placepot aficionados has hit the frame on 69% of those rides.
He rides in four of the six Placepot legs, and in truth, cannot easily be left out on any of them.
SAINT SAM (Leg 1 - 12:00) is a two time winner in France and is clearly well thought of by the Mullins team, NGOLO (Leg 2 - 12:30) is a viable alternative to Ballyadam, who may well be the next big thing, but looks short enough in the betting on what he has achieved.
At bigger prices VOIX DES TIEPS (Leg 5 - 14:05) could pull out more now upped markedly in trip, while BACARDYS (Leg 6 - 14:35) chased home Honeysuckle in the Hattons Grace last year and looks to have as good a chance as any to do the same this time round.
It’s hard to look further than ENVOI ALLEN in the Drinmore (Leg 4 - 13:35). The unbeaten Ballymore winner has scared away most of the credible opponents here leaving us with what is a very disappointing renewal of the race. While there’s only room for the winner to progress to the next leg of the Placepot, he surely only has to jump round to add another comfortable success to his record - and if he jumps like he did on chasing debut, that looks pretty assured.
The opening contest of the day (12:00) looks a fairly open affair, with plenty holding chances. At a reasonably big price, LUNCH IN ADARE looks worth chancing. She travelled strongly enough into things on her latest outing over 2m7f, but just missed out after a sustained battle with Reuben James. She has winning form over this trip around Fairyhouse over hurdles (with Concertista in behind) and might just be on a nice enough mark on handicap debut.
The fifth leg of the day, the Porterstown Handicap Chase (14:05) sees 20 runners go to post for the 3m5f contest. With just 20% of the field set to carry their respective Placepot units through, having a few shots at the race might be worthwhile.
We’ve already mentioned VOIX DES TIEP for the in-form Townend-Mullins partnership, but we’ll add another Mullins horse to the mix in the shape of SCOIR MEAR for Thomas Mullins.
The JP McManus-owned gelding could be well treated on his current mark, with his recent partner Simon Torrens continuing to take off 5lbs. The pair scored at Wexford two starts back and chased home a well handicapped rival next time.
Finally, we’ll throw ROARING BULL into the mix. He’s run some great races in these big field events, finishing second in the Troytown and winning the Paddy Power Chase last year. He was sixth in the Irish Grand National last year, so we at least know he gets today’s extended trip.
Leg 1: 7, 8
Leg 2: 1
Leg 3: 4, 6
Leg 4: 3
Leg 5: 5, 8, 9
Leg 6: 1, 7
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