Irish National: Au yes you can…

No avoiding the big Easter Monday treat at Fairyhouse, and we’ll be diving in with our betting boots on….

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY: Auvergnat, (1700 Fairyhouse), 2pts win, 20/1 generally available 

Hard to think of him as unexposed as we have seen him for years now, but that has mostly been cross country racing. Pulled off a shock when careering away with the big Paddy Power handicap at Leopardstown in regulation racing. If anything this ground and distance should suit even more, so although bumped up for that win he must still have a good chance. Aine O’Connor could be adding her name to the rich recent roll of honour for women here.

Bonus Bet:  Roaring Bull, (1700 Fairyhouse), 1pt each way, 33/1 generally available 

Not for inclusion in the Yankee, but in a fantastically open race, we are also particularly keen on two Gigginstown novices, and it’s worth adding one to the list.  Roaring Bull is most definitely a bit of a monkey and can slip in and out of rhythm in a race.  He will need to race sweetly today, but he gets in with a low weight, and his for with favourite Burrows Saint last time entitles him to be a lot shorter in the market.  If he decides he likes it then he could be a right handful.  Gun Digger makes appeal too, but we are nervous that he comes here off a fall.

Parc Na Ngael, (1405 Fairyhouse), 8/1:  has shown little in three lifetime runs, but the JP McManus owned and Charles Byrnes trained connections are known for hiding their horse’s talents from the rafers until the big day.  This could be it, he is on a criminally low rating for one bred so well (dad Yeats won four Ascot Gold Cups, mother Solerina won 22 times), and any money would obviously be highly suggestive.

Ninjago, (1430 Redcar), 9/1:  reaching veteran stage now, but the handicapper has been kind in relenting.  Once rated in the 100s, he has slipped to a lifetime low of 65. Has run well at this track in the past  and although it’s a while since he won, if there is any of the old Ninjago left then he could be lethal off this mark.

Young Paddymc, (1740 Fairyhouse), 5/1:  was an excellent second on handicap debut.  The winner there misses this as he is a sub for the National but they both pulled well clear and 4lbs up looks unlikely to stop him.  Main rival Mon Lino was just behind when falling 3 out in that same race, but had been chancy at a few and was not sure to beat Young Paddymc in any case.

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