Timeform's Irish team highlight three horses worth backing at Faiyhouse on Saturday...
Mount Benbulben produced a creditable effort when fourth in the King George last time, travelling well for a long way but seemingly paying the price for some sloppy jumps, and he should be well suited by this return to calmer waters...
Wicklow Gold got off the mark in fine style at Tramore when last seen, running out a 27-length winner, and he makes plenty of appeal on his handicap bow in the two-and-a-half mile event at 14:35. Wicklow Gold isn't one of Willie Mullins' leading lights but he did look much improved when routing his rivals last time and he is worth chancing off a fair opening mark considering he clearly possesses the scope to improve further.
Mount Benbulben produced a big performance to win the three-mile Champion Novice at the Punchestown Festival and that piece of form marks him down as the horse to beat in the Bobbyjo Chase (15:10). Mount Benbulben produced a creditable effort when fourth in the King George last time, travelling well for a long way but seemingly paying the price for some sloppy jumps, and he should be well suited by this return to calmer waters. His jumping, which had threatened to hold him back last year, remains a slight concern but he is a talented horse when putting it all together and we will side with him.
Si C'etait Vrai was about to break his duck over fences when taking a crashing fall at the final fence at Fairyhouse, but, at the prices, it could be worth opposing him with the Willie Mullins-trained Kalmann (15:45). Kalmann is unexposed in this sphere having made just the two starts and he could yet be open to further improvement. Having fallen when travelling well at Clonmel, Kalmann jumped adequately at Thurles, and should prove a different proposition now stepping up in trip.
Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Fairyhouse
Back Wicklow Gold in the 14:35
Back Mount Benbulben in the 15:10
Back Kalmann in the 15:45