Horse Racing Blog: The Best of the Weekend Action from Fairyhouse & Warwick

Daly Tiger Pick of O’Leary’s Fairyhouse Grade 1 Chase Team

Gigginstown House Stud, aka Michael O’Leary, the Ryanair CEO, and his brother Eddie, will be phasing out their National Hunt racing interests over the next five years.

One of the owner’s principles is entering a horse in a winnable race and that often means multiple entries, representing a number of trainers.

Saturday’s Grade 1 handicap chase at Fairyhouse (2.15pm) is typical because there are five runners in Gigginstown colours. Their shortest price runner is Arvico Bleau at 16/1 with Paddy Power.

The race is confined to horses aged four and older and the distance is two miles and one furlong. The projected going is heavy and there is some rain is forecast on Friday.

Arvico Bleau is trained by Henry de Bromhead and the other Gigginstown runners in this race are trained by Noel Meade and Gordon Elliott.

Only seven of the 17 runners are running off their true handicap mark including Daly Tiger who looks to be the best value option of the Gigginstown contingent at 14/1 with Paddy Power.

The O’Leary’s operation is one of the biggest in jumps racing. Tiger Roll has won two Grand Nationals and War Of Attrition and Don Cossack are Gold Cup winners in the famous maroon and white silks. However, they will not be buying any young horses so their runners will drop over the next five years.

Daly Tiger will never win the Grand National or Gold Cup but looks a decent each way bet at Fairyhouse at the weekend at one quarter the win odds and four places.

Make Me A Believer Has Believable Warwick Feature Hurdle Claims

Meanwhile, at Warwick there are three graded races, including the Grade 2 novices’ hurdle (2.25pm) for five-year-olds and older over two miles and five furlongs on forecast soft ground.

The New One won the race in 2013 for trainer, Nigel-Twiston Davies, who is not represented this time. The New One won 20 races in 40 starts, including at the Cheltenham Festival in the March.

This year’s renewal is unlikely to produce a Grade 1 winner but Oscar Elite (5/1 with bet365*) has the highest Official Rating.

Three of the 12 horses declared to run have not earned an official mark. Glen Mooar and Fitz Well are the rags at 150/1 and bigger but Jay Bee Why is fourth in the betting at 8/1 with bet365*.

The Alan King trained gelding has won over the course and distance and going, winning two races from three starts.

It’s Jay Bee Why’s second outing after wind surgery any betting move could be significant. However, Make Me A Believer looks a better option at 4/1 with BetVictor.

Fiddlerontheroof Can Beat Novices’ Chase Favourite

Next Destination is the odds on favourite for the three runner Grade 2 novices’ chase on the same card at 1.50pm

The Class 1 three miles contest looks too much for Golan Fortune. However, Fiddlerontheroof looks a viable alternative to the bookies favourite.

The Colin Tizzard trained runner has finished second three times in four starts but he did win a beginners’ chase at Exeter last November.

Next Destination gives the seven-year-old five pounds and that could make the difference at the end of the race but his odds looks a bit skinny and Fiddlerontheroof has the form and ratings to prevail.

And finally…

Horse racing is seen as an elite sport so can still take place behind closed doors. The sport should be proud of the industry’s health protocols and measures. Premier League footballers could learn a lesson from trainers and jockeys who have no margin for error in preventing the spread of Covid-19.

Let’s hope this mainly rural, non-contact sport in wide open spaces is allowed to continue but it could be part of a blanket ban on professional sport.