Attention now switches to Fairyhouse over the Easter Weekend
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.