Sunday Eye-Catchers

Sunday Eye-Catchers

Three Horses To Take From Sunday’s Racing..

All eyes were on Newbury’s Ladbrokes Winter Festival this weekend, and although it did not disappoint, our three horses to take from the weekend all derive from Sunday’s action at Fairyhouse and a surprise Willie Mullins raider in the North East of England.

Apple’s Jade

Firstly we Gordon Elliot’s popular 5-y-o filly Apple’s Jade. She came to Fairyhouse seeking both a 4-timer and a Hatton’s Hurdle double and not even stayers’ hurdle champion Nichols Canyon could get close. Admittedly she had the race-fit advantage but Nichols has a great record fresh and the fashion in which she dealt with him, winning by a total of 9lengths, was very impressive. Currently 7/4 favourite for the Mares Hurdle. Video Credit AtTheRaces.

Presenting Percy

Although he wasn’t up against much it was hard not to be impressed by Presenting Percy yesterday. It was his first attempt at the trip and he seemingly relished it, winning at a canter by 11lengths. Davy Russell picked up some criticism for the ride aboard him in his penultimate outing but he made no mistakes here. He was surprisingly easy to back in the market and the shades of 4/1 look very generous on reflection – he’s now been snipped into 10/1 for the RSA Chase. Video Credit AtTheRaces.

Beni Des Dieux

Lastly, we have Willie Mullins’ Benie Des Dieux, who provided the Irish Raider with his first ever victory at Carlisle with a dominant front-running display in the Listed Houghton Mares’ Chase. Rich Ricci is very bullish about this one having a massive future and you can see why with her clearing every fence with perfection. She wasn’t up against much but this was won in second gear and the finishing distance was still 8lengths. Currently 16/1 for the Mares Hurdle – cracking e/w price! Video Credit RacingUK.