At­ten­tion now switches to Fairy­house over the Easter Weekend

Bray People - - SPORT - With Wil­liam O’toole

OUR colum­nist, Philip Roth­well, has had his horses in great form over the past week and the Ti­na­hely man had a par­tic­u­larly good day on Sun­day when he sent out a quick fire dou­ble at Tramore.

The dou­ble was ini­ti­ated when No­time­toserve ran out a good win­ner of the Martin­stown Op­por­tu­nity Hand­i­cap Chase in the hands of Andrew Ring.

Sent of the 3/1 fa­vorite on the back of a promis­ing run last time out, he was up with the pace from the drop of the flag. He took the lead ap­proach­ing two out and stayed on strongly to record a 2 and 1/2 length win.

Just over half an hour later, the pair struck again in the Go Rac­ing In The South East ’5 For 50' Hand­i­cap Chase when Cheap As Chips made ev­ery yard a win­ning one.

Look­ing to fol­low-up on his facile win in Clon­mel at the be­gin­ning of March, Ring sent him straight into the lead, he was soon well clear along with the run­ner-up, Cool­har­bour Breeze.

The pair were locked to­gether jump­ing the last but Cheap As Chips stayed on well to record a good 2 and 1/2 length vic­tory.

There was also some very good ac­tion on the level over the weekend. The most valu­able race of the weekend was the Group 3 Ballysax Stakes at Na­van on Satur­day.

It was won in im­pres­sive fash­ion by the Der­mot Weld trained Fas­ci­nat­ing Rock who looks a live Derby can­di­date. It was an emo­tional vic­tory for all in­volved as Weld’s mother Mar- guerite, who had a huge in­volve­ment in rac­ing passed away on Fri­day.

Flat ac­tion on Sun­day came from the Cur­ragh, with the fea­ture race on the card, the Group 3 Glad­ness Stakes, go­ing to the Paul Dee­gan trained Sruthan.

At­ten­tion will now switch to Fairy­house over the Easter weekend with the Co. Meath track play­ing host to the Ir­ish Grand Na­tional, one of our most pres­ti­gious stay­ing hand­i­cap chases on Easter Mon­day.

Look­ing at the Anti-post mar­kets, I am go­ing to put up two against the field. The first one is the Dessie Hughes trained Home Farm who is best priced 14/1.

He was third in this race last year as a novice, beaten by just three lengths. He has only raced three times this year and al­though he hasn't trou­bled the judge, he hasn't been knocked around ei­ther. I think it is quiet pos­si­ble he has been trained with this race in mind and I can see him run­ning a big one.

The other one I like is the jonjo O’Neill trained Shut­the­front­door who could be very well hand­i­capped.

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