Hatton’s Grace trip ideal for Asian Maze

ASIAN MAZE is fancied to lead her rivals a merry dance in the Ballymore Properties Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse tomorrow.

Tom Mullins’ brilliant front-runner will be well suited by both the testing conditions and the step up to two and a half miles.

She made a smashing reappearance in the two mile Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown last month when beaten a length and a quarter into second place by race-fit Iktitaf.

Brave Inca was a further seven lengths away in third spot and is bound to strip much fitter on this occasion. But the trip is ideal for Asian Maze and she has to get the vote.

Edward O’Grady’s rapidly improving Clopf is a confident choice to take the Bar-One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle.

He could hardly have been more impressive at Navan last time when slamming well-regarded Aitmatov by 12 lengths.

The third Grade One on the programme, the Ballymore Properties Drinmore Novice Chase, is wide open and a case can be made for far too many for comfort.

The nod falls on Noel Meade’s Mac Three, who jumped like the proverbial buck when beating Vedelle by 15 lengths at Cork.

The Joe Savage Maiden Hurdle should house plenty of future winners, but Meade could also supply the answer with lightly-raced Judge Deed.

He won his bumper first pop on this track and gave promise of better to come when a ten lengths second to Hollywood Law over flights at Punchestown.

At Fairyhouse this afternoon, Harry Rogers’ Silent Oscar gets the nap in the Bee Bee Developments Hurdle.

He is down in class, having performed with credit when beaten nine and a half lengths into fourth behind Rosaker in a Grade Two at Navan.

Take a chance on Rock On Tom, despite the fact he is 4lbs wrong at the weights, in the ladbrokes.com Porterstown Handicap Chase.

He appeared to be full of running when badly hampered six out in the contest won by Penny Hall at Cork and could crop up at a half-decent price!

A big field of 22 will face the starter in the Brian King Engineering Beginners Chase and most interest will focus on the display of Tom Taaffe’s Merdeka.

Jumping fences always looked set to be his true vocation, but the six-year-old didn’t exactly impress on his debut at Down Royal.

He was none too clever at the first and then fell at the third, contest won by Patsy Hall. For the moment Merdeka gets the benefit of the doubt.

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