Solwhit looks the percentage bet in Hatton’s Grace

SOLWHIT is the nap choice to land the Bar One Hatton’s Grace Hurdle, on a terrific programme at Fairyhouse this afternoon.

There is little or nothing between him and main rival, Hurricane Fly, on either ratings or form, but the fact Solwhit has already had an outing this season is an obvious advantage.

He started off in the Grade 1 Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown in the middle of November, justifying some hefty market support.

Taken to the front early in the straight by Davy Russell, Solwhit stretched away in the closing stages to beat Voler La Vedette by two and a half lengths and there is no reason why those placings should be reversed.

Hurricane Fly has gone well fresh in the past and was returning from a break when beating Solwhit by a neck at the Punchestown Festival in April.

But an extra half a mile now and much softer ground make this an altogether different test and Solwhit looks best equipped to cope.

It will be fascinating to see Mikael d’Haguenet over fences in the Bar One Racing Drinmore Chase. He is simply a brilliant horse, who did everything asked of him over flights.

Now, though, he returns from long-term injury in Grade 1 company, following an absence of 593 days. It’s a big ask and preference is for the progressive Jessies Dream, who won well at Galway and has huge scope.

Gordon Elliott trains Jessies Dream and can also provide the answer to the Bar One Racing Juvenile three-year-old Hurdle with Toner d’Oudairies, who made a big impression when scoring at Down Royal.

Zaidpour beat nothing when winning at Punchestown, but is reportedly very highly regarded in the Willie Mullins camp and gets the nod in the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice hurdle.

Mullins’ Golden Silver, who rarely runs a bad race and was runner-up to Big Zeb on his seasonal debut at Navan, looks best in the O’Connell Group Hilly Way Chase.

The John Durkan Memorial Chase is best left to Tranquil Sea. If the market speaks in favour of Cooldine and J’y Vole then they would be major dangers, but Tranquil Sea has the benefit of a run, having scored in fine style at Clonmel.

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