Today’s card at Fairyhouse doesn’t look the easiest for punters to get the new year off to a positive start, but Sambremont showed more last time than in previous efforts over fences and hurdles in this country, and can take the beginners’ chase for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh.
A full brother to Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Djakadam, he made his chase debut at Roscommon back in May, but disappointed in finishing runner-up to The Housekeeper.
Off the track until returning at Navan in the middle of last month, he was ultimately well beaten behind high-class prospect Black Hercules, but ran very well for a long way.
He’ll have to improve significantly to be considered in a similar bracket to that stable companion, but this race doesn’t demand that level of ability.
With a little more improvement, he should have the measure of today’s rivals, headed by the experienced Georges Conn, whose form over fences includes a runner-up finish in the Troytown Chase.
Money for Our Vinnie would be extremely significant, considering the two gambles landed by the stable recently at Tramore.
Mick Thonic can take the Your Club’s Fundraiser at Fairyhouse Handicap Hurdle for Henry De Bromhead and Jonathan Burke.
The selection won a hurdle on debut in his native France back in 2013, and wasn’t seen again until finishing an honourable fourth behind Thomas Hobson on his first start for new connections, last month at Punchestown.
On the latter occasion, he travelled well for a long way, but was unable to quicken when asked to do so. Nevertheless, it was a promising first effort, and he should be better for it.
The drop back from two and a half miles to two miles should suit and he is preferred to Jeremy’s Jet and Lofgren.
The Cavalor Premium Feed Handicap Hurdle doesn’t look the strongest of races, and if Fine Theatre can return to the form of his maiden hurdle success at Fairyhouse, in January, he should be very hard to beat, off a mark of 123.
A half-brother to Joncol, he was just 6-1 for a Grade 2 Novice Hurdle on his final run of last season, but could manage only fifth behind Sub Lieutenant.
He pulled up on his first race of this season on what was his handicap debut, but should be better for that spin.
The booking of Davy Russell, who has a very good record when riding for Nolan, looks significant, and a much-improved display is anticipated this afternoon.
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