Large fields may be the order of the day at Fairyhouse this afternoon, but our Irish team have whittled them down to these three win selections...
"Wedding Present's second to Malt Gem at Cork last time sets the standard of those with previous hurdling experience..."
Wedding Present drops markedly in trip for the opening maiden hurdle, but the way he travels suggests it shouldn't be too much of a problem and he looks sure to go close if reproducing the form of his last two efforts. He showed fairly useful form in bumpers, winning at Naas in January, and his second to Malt Gem at Cork last time sets the standard of those with previous hurdling experience.
The handicap hurdle at 17:25 is very much a case of quantity over quality and it can pay to side with Cnocan Diva, who was a fairly useful sort on the Flat and ought to do better now tackling handicaps in this sphere. Twice a winner on the level in 2012 for Tommy Stack, he has been brought along steadily over hurdles so far, shaping as if he should strip fitter for the outing on his return from a break at Navan last time.
Inamalabalusaloon shaped as if ahead of his current mark in this sphere when second on his penultimate start and looks the most likely winner of the penultimate event on the card. Noel Glynn's charge stepped up on his hurdles form when landing a gamble on chase bow at Cartmel in July and went like one that was still well handicapped for a long way when runner-up to The Rockies at Ludlow next time. A recent spin over timber at Cork should have him spot on for this.
Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
Back Wedding Present in the 16:50
Back Cnocan Diva in the 17:25
Back Inamalabalusaloon in the 19:25