16:05 Fairyhouse

DE PLOTTING SHED was well backed for the novice handicap on day one of the Cheltenham Festival, an outing that was on the whole disappointing, but he has the chance to make amends in much calmer waters here and he should have too much class for his rivals if repeating his fencing form from earlier in the season. Mon Lino is worth persevering with despite struggling of late and a switch to chasing could do the trick, while Glenabo Bridge may be set for another podium finish.
Prediction : 1st De Plotting Shed 2nd Mon Lino 3rd Glenabo Bridge

16:40 Fairyhouse

Willie Mullins holds a strong hand here saddling four with leading claims, three of which carry the colours of Sullivan Bloodstock, with preference for the impressive Gowran winner SAGLAWY. The Youmzain gelding thrived in the mud that day when 15 lengths clear of a handy yardstick in Icario (has since won at Down Royal), and he is expected to flourish in similar forecast conditions here. The Rich Ricci-owned Saldier somewhat let down his lofty reputation in the Triumph Hurdle when only fifth but has to be respected here, while Gordon Elliott's dual C&D winner Mitchouka and Fred Winter winner Veneer Of Charm make this a Grade Two contest with plenty of depth.
Prediction : 1st Saglawy 2nd Saldier 3rd Mitchouka

17:15 Fairyhouse

Gordon Elliott is double-handed at the top of the weights here with Monkshood, who should find this easier than the Graded contests he's been running in lately, and the highly-regarded Poli Roi who can get his season back on track upped in trip having been crying out for a staying test on his outings so far. Gigginstown, who are responsible for of the aforementioned pair, also have Mortal running in their colours. Joseph O'Brien's gelding has knocked on the door the last twice and is another who should benefit for today's stamina challenge. That handler also saddles Speak Easy, who was a beaten favourite in Grade Two company last time and must be respected with Barry Geraghty in the plate, while Massey's Wood was strong at the finish when scoring at the distance at Thurles and is another who must be considered. However, the way CASTAFIORE PARK won at Limerick last time hinted that there would be definitely be more to come when upped in trip once again and she could be thrown in at the ratings on her handicap bow, having only been beaten by useful mares over inadequate trips so far this term.
Prediction : 1st Castafiore Park 2nd Monkshood 3rd Masseys Wood

17:50 Fairyhouse

Despite carrying top weight, Landofhopeandglory is interesting back over hurdles, with chasing appearing to be aborted for now, and the pick of Jospeh O'Brien's two runners is capable of running a big race off his current hurdles figure. Abbyssial, Voix Du Reve and Meri Devie all have questions to answer following disappointing performances at the Cheltenham Festival, while Karalee has struggled to get her head in front this season. Therefore, preference is for another Closutton inmate in URADEL, who returned from 265 days off the track in winning fashion when landing a Naas novice by seven lengths and could still have plenty of mileage in his handicap mark racing off an enticing figure of 132 here. Play The Game, a maiden hurdle winner over this C&D last time, could run well at longer odds, while Morgan and Duca De Thaix give Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown House Stud a more than useful hand in this.
Prediction : 1st Uradel 2nd Landofhopeandglory 3rd Play The Game

18:20 Fairyhouse

SUNSETSTORISE was an easy winner on his debut for this yard at Navan last month and even a 14lb rise in the ratings may underestimate this 10-year-old. Fire In His Eyes is a stablemate of the selection and he has been knocking on the door of late in novice chases. Flemenstorm has to be respected given his recent form, while Artic Pearl is another who makes the shortlist.
Prediction : 1st Sunsetstorise 2nd Fire In His Eyes 3rd Flemenstorm

18:50 Fairyhouse

ASTHURIA only found the subsequent Cheltenham Festival winner Benie Des Dieux too good when she was last seen in a Listed race at Naas in February. On that occasion Willie Mullins' mare finished in front of Dinaria Des Obeaux and Youcantcallherthat and she meets those rivals on the same or better terms this evening. Dinaria Des Obeaux then chased home Youcantcallherthat in a Grade 2 at Limerick but a 4lb swing in the weights can see that form reversed today.
Prediction : 1st Asthuria 2nd Dinaria Des Obeaux 3rd Youcantcallherthat

19:20 Fairyhouse

SIZING COAL produced a nice performance to land the odds with ease over an extended 2m5f here last time out and could excel in this sphere. Jaimie Codd gets the leg up and with the return to a longer trip no concern, Jim Dreaper's charge could take some beating. His stablemate Venitien De Mai is respected but a bigger threat may be Fenno's Storm, who beat that rival by half a length when landing a similar event at Gowran last month and is relatively unexposed.
Prediction : 1st Sizing Coal 2nd Fennos Storm 3rd Venitien De Mai

19:50 Fairyhouse

Grand National-winning trainer Gordon Elliott holds a strong hand here with TINTANGLE and Portnablagh. The latter is a winning pointer that made a successful debut under Rules at Cork and looks a useful sort in the making, but more likely over further than this and preference is for his stablemate. Thrown in at the deep end on debut, he performed with credit in fourth behind Chelttenham Champion Bumper winner Relegate in a Grade 2 and then impressed in scoring in fine style at Down Royal (Questionation fifth). This is no two-horse race, though, with Moskovite, Mowtown Girl and Sapphire Lady also showing ability in victory.
Prediction : 1st Tintangle 2nd Portnablagh 3rd Sapphire Lady

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