Irish Racing Tips

Fairyhouse Day 3 Racing Tips: Mr Adjudicator can bounce back after Cheltenham

Ruby Walsh
Ruby Walsh won the big race of the day on Monday at Fairyhouse

"He is certainly better than his run in the County Hurdle last time, and for a horse who has been competing at Grade 1 and 3 level, I'll take him with his handicap rating of 149."

Back Mr Adjudicator @ 5.204/1 in the 16:40 at Fairyhouse

Alan Dudman went close yesterday with a 42.041/1 runner-up in the Irish Grand National. He previews Tuesday's action on day three of the Easter Festival at Fairyhouse....

Potential for low trades and in-play defeats

The opening Maiden Hurdle at 14:10 would normally go into the "skip" category as I don't often include these sort of races, but there's a few in here that are sure to pull in the in-running traders.

Le Tektor is the right favourite at 10/11 on the Sportsbook, and he improved for the better ground over course and distance last time. Positive tactics suit, and he looks the type who will stay a bit further down the line.

But the interesting bit (well for some anyway), is his 1.01 in defeat last time. Now I must stress, getting one of those doesn't necessarily mean the horse has shirked the issue or is irresolute, but for all four of his second positions he has traded at shorter than his BSP.

Then there's Momus. He has hit lower than his BSP in every one of his seven outings away from his bumper victory. Good ground suits and has some useful form when finishing second to Defi Bleu and Battleoverdoyen. He was priced at 4/1 last night, so that potentially could offer up more of an "in-and-out" trade.

Plus there is Lethal Steps - another who usually trades shorter. It could be the sort of race for a couple to get chinned at low prices.

Chaser can make amends in Ladies National

The Church Gate was an unlucky horse last time out at Limerick, and he can make amends in the Ladies National at 15:40.

He was squeezed for room in that Beginners Chase and looked as though he would have gone on to win before running out, but it certainly highlighted he can pick up another one or two handicaps.

His winning form earlier in the season included easy victories at Leopardstown and Fairyhouse, and his progress shouldn't be limited to just those wins. He also steps up in trip and this 2m6f distance for today should be absolutely ideal.

He is the bet at around 6.05/1.

One solid one and one unexposed runner in big field

If you are playing on the Sportsbook for this 25-runner affair, this is a PROMO race and also an EXTRA PLACE SPECIAL race. Needless to say at 6/1 the field last night, it's wide open with plenty of value.

The 25/1 on Debuchet is tempting. On his old bumper form beating the likes of Le Richebourg and finishing second in the Champion Bumper, he could be thrown in from his current mark of 121. However, he has become a massively frustrating horse who is clinging on to his bumper times. It's perhaps not a good idea to cling to the good old days, as in my head I am still a good cricketer. In reality, without a bat for many years, I wouldn't fancy my chances.

Whether you fancy Debuchet's chances is the question. He's a big enough price and has good ground form.

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We went close with John McConnell's Fred The Foot yesterday and I thought he ran a cracker in a competitive race. His jump at the last was a real attacking one, and he had none of those Scorpion traits in a battle as he really tried his heart out. He'll be winning races, and I am hoping the trainer has another good chance with Go Another One.

He is similar to Fred, he stays well and certainly enjoys quicker ground - as you'll remember him scoring at Kelso when it was good to firm.

The booking of Conor Orr and his 5lb is an angle I like in these big handicaps, and I think the horse is the type who runs to his figure. He won a 2m4f Grade 3 Novice last time, and utilised his stamina. A big field like today's will help him too. He's an honest horse who stays on well.

On day one at Fairyhouse we went with a Henry De Bromhead handicap debutante, and I'm throwing in the trainer's Insult at 15/2. He needs to be kept onside.

Granted, his inexperience is a negative for such a big field, but this race was mentioned as his target when winning back in February, so De Bromhead must be happy with him considering he hasn't felt the need to get another run into him before this. His mark of 125 looks a good one considering he will enjoy the step up to 3m today and should improve.

Mullins and Walsh set for handicap success

Ruby Walsh foiled our bet in yesterday's Irish Grand National, but I'll be happy if Ruby gets another winner with Mr Adjudicator in a cracking Grade A Handicap Hurdle.

The extra spice of a two-pronged challenge from the UK with Dan Skelton and Nicky Henderson sets up the race nicely, but the Willie Mullins-trained Mr Adjudicator is the selection at around the 6.05/1 mark.

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He is certainly better than his run in the County Hurdle last time, and for a horse who has been competing at Grade 1 and 3 level, I'll take him with his handicap rating of 149. The better ground is likely to suit him well and he possesses a bit of stamina for a horse who operates at this trip. That's usually the case with the ex-Triumph Hurdle runners - and he finished second in that at Cheltenham last term.

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