Bookmaker shares are down this week but at least the turnover on Irish racing is set to increase dramatically over the weekend.
The BHA statement on Friday is worrying with regard to the likelihood of further cancellations in Britain because of equine flu
Trainers in Ireland have been told to be vigilant for a few weeks with regard to the disease and so far there have not been any real issues in this country.
We have two decent jumps cards over the weekend, with bookmakers ready for lots of bets from Britain they might otherwise not have expected.
Indeed, all racing was priced up on Friday evening – so punters have plenty of time to find a winner at a nice price.
Clearly Debuchet looks a formality for a maiden hurdle on his bumper efforts, but he has had his share of chances and I felt he had no excuses last time at Listowel when particularly disappointing.
Cool Getaway was desperately weak in the market on his return from a huge layoff at Limerick over Christmas when showing little but that was in a race in which Annamix was second. It is far too early to discount this promising winning pointer.
It is likely Eviscerating has more ability than he has shown for Joseph O'Brien. Sent off around about 6-1 on all three starts for the yard, he was just touched off over course and distance in the middle of those, and his odds look an over-reaction to a disappointing run last time.
This horse was promising for Mouse Morris and remains lightly raced. Evan Daly rides well and a tongue tie may prove the difference as has not always finished well.
Lady Writer was behind the gambled-on Global Racing two runs back over course and distance and, whilst the winner won well on that occasion, everything went his way and he has since been beaten.
Lady Writer dropped back in distance at Navan when she got little luck in running but ran a rock-solid race and she should be able to beat Global Racing back over three miles at the revised weights.
Denis Hogan’s string, at least, are in full health and she makes plenty of each-way appeal in first-time cheekpieces.
This Presenting-bred runs in the notable colours of Robcour and he made a bright start when third to the exciting Cobbler's Way at Limerick over Christmas.
He looked green on that occasion. Indeed, the layers seem to have taken him a little lightly, since he has a lovely pedigree and was a notably expensive store.
With Cats For Cash and Yendo representing Gordon Elliott, plus Gigginstown having two nice runners, this is clearly a deep enough bumper, but the price of the mount of Declan Lavery compensates for those concerns.