Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 11:09 30/11/2014
Three horses are in a tussle for favouritism in Sunday's Grade 1 Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase at 2.05 Fairyhouse and it could be the same trio battling it out at the end of the 2 mile 4 furlong contest. The Tullow Tank won comfortably enough at this track earlier in the month on his chase debut, while Valseur Lido was just as impressive when making a winning start over fences at Punchestown, but at odds of 9/2 with Paddy Power Apache Stronghold gets the vote after a stellar round of jumping at Down Royal when also winning over fences at the first attempt.
Noel Meade's 6-year-old was a smart performer over hurdles, finding only Vautour too strong in the Irish Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown in May and made a seamless transition to the larger obstacles when winning a 7-runner maiden chase with a fair bit in hand last month. There looks to be plenty more to come from the exciting prospect who looked a seasoned veteran over fences when putting in a faultless round last time, suggesting that the mount of Paul Carberry will take the world of beating today with a run under his belt.
Cause of Causes would be of more interest over a longer trip where his stamina can be brought into play, while Real Steel is open to improvement, but will likely find the those at the head of the betting a touch too strong. Course and distance winner Alelchi Inois was pulled up after making a bad mistake Punchestown and could easily bounce back under Ruby Walsh, but Apache Stronghold looks the most solid option and is confidently tipped to land the spoils.