Sweet-jumping Foxrock will relish longer trip

Trainer Ted Walsh and daughter Katie pictured at Punchestown this month. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Ted Walsh’s Foxrock gets the nap to land a cracking Dermot Fagan Lifetime Achievement In Racing Beginners Chase at Fairyhouse this afternoon.

In a contest that will surely throw up a fair share of winners in the coming weeks, the sweet-jumping selection is fancied to provide the answers.

A useful enough stayer over hurdles, this was always going to be his true calling and certainly Foxrock made a good start at Naas last month.

He battled on strongly in the closing stages when a two lengths second behind Road To Riches and had one of his principal dangers now, Operating, two and threequarter lengths behind in third. There is an extra two and a half furlongs to cover now and that should play to Foxrock’s strengths.

Willie Mullins’ Shaneshill impressed when winning on his racecourse debut at Naas and gets the vote in the Bumper.

Fairyhouse hosts a fine card tomorrow, with three Grade 1’s on the programme. The Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle should mainly concern Jezki and Rule The World and, if the handicapper is right, then the first named will surely win.

He has Jezki 9lbs clear of Rule The World, which is a bold shout. Rule The World was four lengths second behind current Champion Hurdle favourite, The New One, at Cheltenham in March and, concluding that’s the best piece of form on offer, he gets the vote.

A reasonable case can be put forward for far too many for comfort in the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle, but The Tullow Tank has been good to us in the past and is the choice.

The bare form of his length and a half defeat of hot pot, Turnandgo, at Naas doesn’t make great reading, but he would have won with a lot more in a hand but for finding all the trouble that was going.

Gordon Elliott’s mildly disappointing Don Cossack gets the nap in the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase.

Don Cossack seemed to find two miles and six further than he wanted to travel when half a length second to Morning Assembly at Punchestown and this two and a half will tell us whether such a theory is on the money, or simply rubbish.

Willie Mullins’ French import Analifet created a favourable impression when cruising to victory at Punchestown two weeks ago and has to get the nod in the Bar One Racing Juvenile three-year-old Hurdle.

Value At Risk, second behind Very Wood at the Punchestown festival in April, is fancied to give Philip Fenton a turn in the Bumper.


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