Didn't put today's selections up and still lost, so f*** it, here we go for tomorrow. Be warned I am in bad form... The Fairyhouse card is a BELTER though, way too good to ignore.
12.30 - Cerberus can land the spoils. Lost by just a neck to A Wave Of The Sea on our selection's hurdling debut, on level weights. We then had a good performance on the flat before bolting up over C&D. Robbie Power now takes over in the saddle and he is in top form. We carry 4lb less than A Wave Of The Sea who reopposes here after bolting up in his next race. This is a close contest, but the C&D win and top jockey booking, along with the 4lb pull in weights, can tip this in our favour. 13/8
1.00 - Envoi Allen will surely win. Flawless in the bumpers, with some top form already coming out of his Champion Bumper with the likes of Thyme Hill and Abacadabras (reopposing here) in behind. Won his maiden hurdle in superb style and that form has also held up extremely well. Abacadabras is the main market rival, but we had him in behind at Cheltenham and there's just nothing to suggest he'll turn us over. Instead I look to Midnight Run as the main threat. Lightly raced and hacked up on hurdling debut with Colreevy in 2nd. Colreevy actually beat Abacadabras on their final bumper run. Form has held up as third place in Midnight Run's hurdling debut recently won well in a 25 horse field. Envoi Allen is short at 4/6 with most firms, so my suggestion would be include him in multiples or play a straight forecast with Midnight Run to finish 2nd.
1.30 - A fascinating contest. Fakir D'Oudairies steps up in trip and takes my vote ahead of Samcro. Ronald Pump is definitely due consideration here, he won very well on chase debut at this track beating Captain CJ by 8 lengths, who then went out today and only lost to the smart Carefully Selected by 5L. This form also ties in with the very very smart Champagne Classic and is not to be dismissed lightly, but Samcro is a beast and Fakir was oh so impressive last season over hurdles and on chase debut vs the smart Melon. The vote goes to Fakir D'Oudairies as he is conceded 8lb and has a far more consistent profile than Samcro. His RPR on chase debut was better than Samcro's too. 11/8
2.05 - A really tricky handicap chase. Taking a chance on Wrong Direction. He's from points/hunter chasing and sneaks in at the bottom of the weights, but has a good profile despite being out of the handicap. Recently just lost by a head from It Came To Pass, whose form ties in with old school names like On The Fringe & Lac Fontana. Very lightly raced, mark could be lenient and looks like one to relish a marathon trip like this. The competition looks patchy to me. Our selection has already seen some money. 7/1
2.40 - The feature race, grade 1 hurdle featuring some huge names. I'm siding with Apple's Jade. She reopposes Bacardys who shocked her on seasonal debut. We also have Penhill making his comeback after 1 year and 7 months off, Honeysuckle bidding to affirm her status as one of the most exciting hurdlers in training and two outsiders. Apple's was disappointing last time, but a return to this track where she has won the last three of these races may reinvigorate her. Bacardys may have beat her well last time, but his profile is patchy. At the end of the day, we are still rated 5lb better than him and we should be better for the run. Penhill is a horse I love having backed him for both his Cheltenham wins, but just cannot be having him here. That leaves Honeysuckle. She looks amazing BUT there's a question over the level of horses she has faced, and the main thing for me is we have no idea how she responds when asked for effort. If Apple's is back to her best, we still have 12lb in hand on ratings and we have juicier odds. Whatever happens, it should be an absolute cracker, but I am taking the leap of faith and backing Apple's at 11/4.
3.10 - Mister Blue Sky E/W will be my bet here. Returning to the track giving plenty of weight to your rivals over 2m4f on heavy ground is completely inadequate for a 2 mile hurdler who goes well on yielding-soft and that is what we get here. Regardless, he still ran well until the closing stages. He won over C&D in April and whilst he's not an obvious pick here, it's an open affair and I saw enough on reappearance to suggest he can go close now. 25/1 - Paddypower/Betfair but as low as 16/1 elsewhere