Andy Holding has all the best bets on Irish Grand National day at Fairyhouse.
Conditions at this track yesterday suggested it’s going to be hard work for these Flat horses here this afternoon, so with that in mind, PENNY PEPPER (best price 9/2)
, who arrives here with the benefit of a recent run under her belt, is taken to put her race fitness to good use. Although Kevin Prendergast’s charge has a bit to find on the bear form with Club Wexford following their clash at the Curragh the other day, her performance can be significantly upgraded due to her being forced to race on the slowest part of the track for majority of the journey and as she’s available to back at three times the price that Jim Bolger’s inmate, the daughter of Fast Company has to be the percentage each-way call.
Penny Pepper - 0.5pt e/w @ 9/2Placed -0.05pt
As Kylemore Lough proved yesterday at Fairyhouse, Kerry Lee’s team continue to thrive and GREY GOLD (best price 9/2)
looks set to keep up the good work for the Herefordshire handler at a course that plays into his strengths. A sound runner-up to the useful Arthur’s Oak over today’s C&D last time out, that took the son of Strategic Choice’s track record over fences to 2122, and even though he hasn’t raced beyond 2m for some time, it should be pointed out that he has plenty of solid back-class over further to call upon.
Grey Gold - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Placed -0.1pt
VALUE AT RISK (best price 5/1)
bounced back to something nearing his best form at Huntingdon last time out and having missed Cheltenham in order to have a pop at this nice pot, Dan Skelton’s charge should be handsomely rewarded for his endeavours. Sent chasing this season with high expectations, life over the larger obstacles turned into an absolute nightmare for the son of Kayf Tara with incompletions on his first two starts and although he ran much better when reverting back to hurdles two starts back at Ascot, it wasn’t until that much more promising effort at the Cambridgeshire venue 46 days ago that really suggested his scars had healed. Forcing a strong pace from the outset, this classy individual only succumbed to the useful Baoulet Delaroque in the closing stages and a similarly aggressive ride can reap further rewards this time around.
Value At Risk - 1pt e/w @ 5/1Won 6pt
Although he can take his eye off the ball, there’s no denying the capabilities of MALA BEACH (best price 12/1)
when he manages to avoid mishap, and if he can run to the level of form that allowed him to finish a gallant runner-up in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran two starts ago, the son of Beneficial is likely to have a big say in the outcome of this prestigious prize. Indeed, Gordon Elliot’s charge appeared to be gaining quick compensation for that brave performance in the Bobbyjo Chase over today’s course last time out, but unfortunately a disagreement with Davy Russell at the second last meant the eight-year-old managed to end up on the floor for the second time in his last four starts. Hopefully, his confidence won’t be too badly affected as this classy sort looks to have all the hallmarks and qualities of many previous winners of this race down the years.
Mala Beach - 0.5pt e/w @ 12/1Lost -1pt