More success yesterday as the Warwick Pertemps qualifier went, as blogged, to the improving Black Ivory (5/1), keeping momentum running for a good start to the year.
We’re going a little more left-field, or at least west-field today by focussing on the catchy little card at Fairyhouse.
The handicap highlight of the card is the Dan Moore, an often fiercely competitive 2m handicap chase.
Willie dominates the market, but both Acapella Bourgeois and Polidam step back from seriously longer trips and look short enough taking on specialists at this trip.
Don’t Touch It looks like he could feature on his best form, the question being whether that’s seen as here, or to milk day in the future.
We have great respect for Mallowey winner of this race in 2015. He ran nicely on reappearance but this will be far deeper.
Call us crazy, but we think this race could be run at a blistering gallop and should materialise horse’s coming from behind.
That could suit rank outsider Elusive Ivy. It is a huge leap to suggest a horse 7lbs out of the handicap will suddenly improve enough to win one of these, but Gavin Cromwell’s mare has run ok this season and young apprentice JB Kane claims a crucial 5lbs.
If they go murderously quick, then a quietly ridden no-hoper can quickly become a contender.
Recommendation: Elusive Ivy, (1435 Fairyhouse), 0.5pts each way, 40/1 Paddy Power
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