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Easter Monday Horse Racing Tips

The Irish Grand National is the feature on a Fairyhouse card that has, thankfully, survived the weather unlike all of the turf cards in England and Wales. There has been further rain overnight, though, which will turn the 3m 5f contest into a real slog.

Irish Grand National Chase     

Gordon Elliott saddles a record 13 horses in a bid to win the race for the first time and, of his fancied runners, the picks appear to be MONBEG NOTORIOUS and Folsom Blue.

Slight preference is for the former who is still a novice. First season chasers have a good record in the race and this horse is all about stamina. He loves heavy ground too and so ticks plenty of boxes. The young star of the saddle, Jack Kennedy, is on board which is another plus.

Folsom Blue also won’t lack for help from his pilot as last year’s winning ride, Robbie Power, is on board. The horse is probably the most proven stayer in the line-up, but has a 9lbs rise for his recent win to overcome.

The other fancied runner we like is OSCAR KNIGHT, who has been laid out for this.  The ground is a slight worry, but he looks to have had the ideal prep with some encouraging efforts over hurdles. He was fancied for the race last year when unseating rider mid-race.

Given the heavy ground a shock result must be a real possibility and there are no end of horses you could make a case for at big prices including novices Moulin A Vent and Kemboy.

Elliott also has some interesting outsiders including Jetstream Jack (who is a threat in first time blinkers, but who may prefer slightly better ground) and THE PAPARAZZI KID. The latter is having his first run for Elliott having shown some good form for Willie Mullins in the past. He has often run well fresh and, despite being 11 years old, is lightly raced enough to still have some improvement in him.

The other one to back at long odds is the lightly weighted KILLARO BOY. He has to prove his stamina for the trip, but he’s another who looks to be peaking at the right time for this and he has plenty of good form on the ground.

Paddy Power are offering six places for each-way bets on this race.

Monbeg Notorious (ew)5.00 Fairyhouse9/1Paddy Power
Oscar Knight (ew)5.00 Fairyhouse16/1Paddy Power
The Paparazzi Kid (ew)5.00 Fairyhouse66/1Paddy Power
Killaro Boy (ew)5.00 Fairyhouse33/1Paddy Power

All odds quoted are subject to change

Fairyhouse Steel Handicap Hurdle     

There is a good supporting card to get stuck into and the first big betting heat is a handicap hurdle over 2m 6f at 3.15pm. Despite being off the course for nearly a year, BARGY LADY has a progressive profile for Willie Mullins and has previously won a bumper in heavy ground.

Another Elliott runner, Space Cadet, is the one to beat given that he is nearly a stone lower in the handicap here compared with his chase rating, but his price reflects his chance so better value lies with STAND UP AND FIGHT, who has scope for improvement over the longer trip.

The consistent SHANNAK is also worth an investment now back at his favourite track. His yard is in good form, which is another plus.

Ladbrokes are offering five places for each-way bets on this race.

Bargy Lady (ew)3.15 Fairyhouse8/1Ladbrokes
Stand Up And Fight (ew)3.15 Fairyhouse8/1Ladbrokes
Shannak (ew)3.15 Fairyhouse16/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle     

Next up is a Grade 2, which could turn into another shootout between Elliott and Mullins. We also think it could be a shootout between two mares as AUGUSTA KATE and BARRA look to have plenty in their favour.

Last year’s winner, Renneti is a danger.

Augusta Kate (ew)3.50 Fairyhouse12/1Bet365
Barra (ew)3.50 Fairyhouse14/1Paddy Power

All odds quoted are subject to change

Devenish Chase     

The last race before the big one is the Devenish Chase, which features star attraction Un De Sceaux.

With eight runners there is some each-way value, especially given that the favourite had a hard race at Cheltenham in the Ryanair and there are doubts over second favourite, Coney Island, after his flop at Ascot last time out.

KYLEMORE LOUGH is the one we like as he looked to be bouncing back to form for his new yard when narrowly beaten at Warwick last time out.

Kylemore Lough (ew)4.25 Fairyhouse10/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change