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Our eight picks, which include a value each-way shot for the big race, are listed below, while punters looking for further clues might want to visit Planet Sport's Racing Live Centre, as it's here you'll find the race cards for Fairyhouse and Kempton.
Maljoom (14.55 Kempton)
Festival Dex (15.15 Fairyhouse)
Stay Well each-way (15.30 Kempton)
Darasso (15.50 Fairyhouse)
My Astra (16.05 Kempton)
Janidil (16.20 Fairyhouse)
Time To Get Up each-way (17.00 Fairyhouse)
14.55 Kempton - Maljoom
Maljoom only had to be pushed out to score at the Lincoln meeting on his racecourse debut and there should be plenty more improvement to come from William Haggas' colt.
— Tom Marquand (@TomMarquand) March 29, 2022
He's up against a couple of nice types in Saga, whose second to 2000 Guineas hopeful Corebus at Newmarket last August (the pair clear) is a standout piece of form, and Bayraq, who won a novice here last October. But race fitness might be the difference here and the selection, who has the assistance of Tom Marquand and hails from a stable in fine form (5-18 in the last fortnight), is taken to maintain his 100 per cent record.
15.15 Fairyhouse - Festival Dex
Carrig Sam bossed a steadily-run affair when making it 2-2 for the this season in a race here back in February, but he's gone up 8lb for that and the horse he beat into third, Homme D'un Soir, is weighted to turn the tables. Gordon Elliott runs three and Festival Dex might do best of the trio with Davy Russell up and having shown a welcome return to form when finishing runner-up at Naas last month. That was much more like it from the seven-year-old, who won a bumper and a maiden hurdle in 2019, and the form was given a boost of sorts by the third winning a handicap chase subsequently. Given how strong he was at the line, today's slightly longer trip should suit the selection well and his handicap mark of 130 is surely one he can win off.
15.30 Kempton - Stay Well each-way
Sir Michael Stoute runs two in Hasty Sailor and Boss Power, who is the choice of Ryan Moore and, both are proven on an artificial surface. The stable is yet to get going (0-5 this year), however, and it could be worth chancing Hughie Morrison's Stay Well at an each-way price, with plenty of things in his favour. He was a progressive sort last season when winning three times, including on his all-weather debut here over slightly further on his final start, and has since been gelded. Out of a dam who finished second in the Listed September Stakes round here, he should have more to offer this season and his stable is in cracking form, with three decent-priced winners to show from just seven runners in the last 14 days.
The booking of James Doyle seals the bet.
15.50 Fairyhouse - Darasso
Forecast favourite Thedevilscoachman could do with plenty of rain falling (some is forecast) as he's best with plenty of cut underfoot, as he showed when beating Ashdale Bob and Commander Of Fleet - third and first in the Coral Cup subsequently - on heavy ground at Navan in February.
If the ground is genuinely soft, he'd be the selection for this 2m4f Grade contest but Darasso looks sure to run his race regardless of ground conditions, and he has the form in the book too.
Joseph O'Brien's nine-year-old has proved a model of consistency in these type of races and has looked as good as ever in two starts this year over 2m this year, including when winning a Naas Grade 3 by six lengths with the re-opposing Whiskey Sour (worse off today) back in third. He's arguably even better over this longer trip, as he showed when beating the now 160-rated Sire Du Berlais by six lengths at Navan in November on good ground, and he goes well for his pilot Luke Dempsey, who has won a couple of times on him.
Darasso WINS the Grade 2 Lismullen Hurdle at Navan! pic.twitter.com/pHp6P7lvex
— Racing Post (@RacingPost) November 7, 2021
Of the rest, improving mare Santa Rossa is respected in receipt of the sex allowance, although she has her stamina to prove having done all her winning over 2m. The same can be said of the fancied Flame Bearer.
16.05 Kempton - My Astra
Roman Mist ran right up to her best when finishing runner-up in a handicap here 19 days ago and has race fitness on her side, so she's respected in this 1m Listed contest for fillies. But William Haggas' My Astra looked a potential star in the making when winning her first two racecourse starts last season, including when stringing out her rivals at the Newmarket July meeting. On the back of that, she was sent off favourite French Listed contest in October and she ran with credit to finish second of the 11 runners on heavy ground, which might not have been ideal. Connections are clearly expecting bigger things from her this season judging by a raft of Group 2 entries in the coming weeks, and this looks a good starting point.
16.20 Fairyhouse - Janidil
Willie Mullins is responsible for four of the six runners in this 2m4f Grade 2 chase and it looks a good opportunity for his Janidil, with this representing a drop in class for the eight-year-old.
All four of his starts this season have been at the highest level and he's run some decent races in defeat, including when third behind Conflated in Leopardstown's Paddy Power Gold Cup and runner-up - albeit a distant one - behind stablemate Allaho in the Ryanair.
None of his five rivals can match that level of form and stablemate Easy Game, who is second-best on official ratings, has not been seen out since finishing a tame third at Clonmel in November. That the selection likes this track, as he showed when landing a Grade 1 here last April, is another reason to think he can get the job done this afternoon for favourite backers.
17.00 Fairyhouse (Irish Grand National) - Time To Get Up each-way
While the last four editions have thrown up winners at 150/1 and 20/1, the other two runnings went to classy types who were sent off favourite and Gallard Du Mesnil holds that position currently. Willie Mullins' novice turned in an improved effort when finishing third behind L'Homme Presse at the Cheltenham Festival and has the makings of a decent staying handicapper, although he's still a maiden after four tries over fences and inexperience might find him out. The same can be said for Henry de Bromhead's Full Time Score (2-4 over fences so far), for all he looked an ideal type for this race when beating two out-and-out stayers over 3m at this track in February. The more rain the better for him as he's never raced on ground faster than soft. Gordon Elliott's Farclas is much harder to fault as he has the combination of really strong form in staying chases, including a fifth-placed finish in last year's Grand National, and on better ground at the big spring meetings. He's a fresh horse too having skipped Aintree to wait for this. He's worth a saver at the very least but the main pick goes to Jonjo O'Neill's Time To Get Up, whose biggest day so far over fences came in last season's Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter, where he justified strong market confidence in determined style.
Fantastic ride! Time To Get Up stays on bravely to take the feature Marston’s 61 Deep Midlands Grand National for favourite backers under @JJONeillJnr for @JonjoONeill at @UttoxeterRaces pic.twitter.com/x5Yk3a4Jya
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) March 20, 2021
That confirmed his stamina for this test and having disappointed on his first two starts this season, he ran much better in first-time cheek-pieces (back on) when finishing third in the latest edition of that 4m2f contest on ground that was perhaps a little slow for him. The handicapper has since dropped him to a mark of 139, which translates to a lovely racing weight of 10st 7lb here, and we can also take plenty of encouragement from the form of his stable, with a treble at Haydock on Saturday making it eight winners from 30 runners in the last fortnight. Robbie Power, who landed this on Our Duke in 2017, takes the reigns for the first time and everything looks in place for a big run at an each-way price.
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