Today's Tips: Paul Nolan-trained Fine Theatre can make winning debut over fences

The Paul Nolan-trained Fine Theatre can make a winning debut over fences this afternoon at Fairyhouse.
Today's Tips: Paul Nolan-trained Fine Theatre can make winning debut over fences

The six-year-old is from a family of useful chasers and, after a short period over hurdles, should come into his own over the larger obstacles.

He didn’t appear to get home over three miles over hurdles last time, but the drop back to two-five-and-a-half should aid his cause. He should comfortably have the measure of most of his rivals on limited evidence, although Vedettariat is the one to beat on hurdling form.

However, the last-named fell on his first start over fences, back in May, and gave a modest display of jumping when beaten a very long way behind stable companion Roi Des Francs on his seasonal debut, at Fairyhouse in December.

Taking that into account, and anticipating improvement from the Nolan runner, Fine Theatre looksvalue to upset the favourite.

Back Before Dawn can defy a three-month absence in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle.

Sandra Hughes’ mare is lightly raced for her age, but her most recent outing, in November, was her best to date, and there’s every reason to believe she can step up further.

The ground and trip should be no problem to the seven-year-old, and she is preferred to Arise And Go Now and Teacher’s Pet.

On a good card at Naas tomorrow, Uaintseenothingyet can land the two-mile handicap hurdle for Eddie Harty and jockey Barry Geraghty.

After a no-show on his debut, in November, he showed distinct promise when finishing third behind Hurry Henry at this track in early January.

That race worked out well, with runner-up Fairly Legal and fourth-placed Robin Thyme scoring next time, and Uaintseenothingyet did his bit for the form when beating Space Cadet in a maiden hurdle next time.

The latter race received something of a boost when third-placed Burgas won an ordinary maiden hurdle at Thurles next time.

All of that suggests the selection is not badly treated off a mark of 123 and, despite having to carry top weight over a trip which will likely prove short of his optimum, he should prove a class apart from his rivals.

The trip is also likely on the sharp side for Ice Cool, but he remains unexposed and should be hard to keep out of the frame.

In the two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase Net D’Ecosse should prove equal to the task which faces him.

Willie Mullins’ horse made the breakthrough over fences with a narrow victory at Punchestown in December, but faced a formidable task on his next start, in a Grade 1 at Kempton.

It was no surprise he came up short, but he ran well for a long way over that three-mile trip, and should appreciate the drop back here.

A mark of 129 looks manageable, and he can score at the expense of Mr Diablo.

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