Today’s Fortunes for a fiver
3 £1 doubles & £1 ew treble
Canstantinople 4.15 @ 2/1
Flowering Peach 2.05 @ 4/1
Easy Games 3.30 @ 9/2
20p ew yank & 30p ew acca
Tony The Gent 3.10 @ 7/2
Cottonvale 2.00 @ 7/1
Horatio Hornblower 3.40 @9/1
Hepburn 4.45 @ 8/1
Selected Fairyhouse- good ground on this galloping and quite testing track
1.50 Despite the big field a warm order in Great white Shark, an 83 rated flat horse for James Fanshawe in Britain now running for Willie Mullins, and will take some beating on the strength of his recent effort on similar ground.
½ pt win Great White Shark @ 6/4
2.20 Another massive field for another novice hurdle. I’m rowing in with the fav In the consistent Discordantly, who has the best form and is fine on the ground and trip.
1/4pt Win Discordantly @ 11/4
2.55 A grade 2 hurdle with a stack of progressive and in form youngsters going up in trip. Éclair De beaufrau has run two excellent races in big field handicaps of late, which gives him a slight form edge, but wouldn’t be surprised if something improved past him.
1/4pt Win Éclair De Beaugrau @ 2/1
3.30 Another Grade 2 Hurdle, but if better quality and the fav is the prolific Zero Ten , with 4 wins from his last 5, but his only reversal came on quickish ground , and all recent good wins have come on soft. Easy Game has a penalty to carry , but is proven in this grade , winning a Grade 2 hurdle at Naas a few starts back,. He was quite short in the market at Cheltenham , but was eased when his chance was gone on the testing ground . Class should prevail.
1/2pt Win Easy Game @ 9/2
4.00 PREMIUM RACE
Selected Ffos Las – soft ground on this flat and galloping track
2.00 Cottonvale was unlucky not to open his account when falling at the last at Hereford with the race in his pocket , and had the prolific Uno Mas behind. He backed that up with a good effort here on soft ground, but took an early fall last time. Looks a well solid ew bet in a winnable opener.
1/2pt ew Cottonvale @ 7/1
3.05 PREMIUM RACE
3.40 A competitive stayers chase but the inconsistent Horatio Hornblower usually comes to life here in the mud and in 5 runs here he has 2 wins and 2 places, and STD is back in the saddle and in 5 runs together , he has a win and 4 places. He’s down to his last winning mark, so another good ew bet.
1/2pt ew Horatio Hornblower @ 9/1
4.10 PREMIUM RACE
4.45 Not a deep race and another good opportunity for Hepburn, who is frequently never far away, but wins hard to come by. This could be her day, but still looks a vey good ew bet.
1/2pt Ew Hepburn @ 8/1
Ffos Las placepot
Selected Cork- good ground on this flat and galloping track
2.05 Aidan O’Brein has made a flying start to the season and runs 3 in this maiden, but clear preference is for the well drawn Flowering Peach, who ran well on debut last year, the best form in the race, but probably found the ground too soft after a quick reappearance when flopping 2nd time. She obviously goes well fresh which is not cetain regarding Bellakris, who took a few runs to find her feet last year.
½ pt Win Flowering Peach @ 4/1
3.10 Tony The Gent is massively consistent and comes here in top form and is fine on the ground and trip. Poor win record a worry, but looks solid ew.
1/2pt Ew Tony The Gent @ 7/2
3.45 A valuable Listed race and the fav is the likeable and talented Where’s Steff, who has the best form in the book, but has to prove stamina today. At the odds I prefer Jaega who lost little when 5th over C&D last year in a group 3 event , running to her mark, and she won first time out last year.
1/2pt ew Jaega @ 11/1
4.15 It’s never easy for 3yos taking on older horses this time of year, but hard to argue with the bookies making youngster Constantinople a fairly short fav. He impressed onhis final start of the year running to a good level and is likely to relish thus longer trip.
1/2pt Win Constantinople @ 2/1
Selected plumpton – good ground on this mostly flat and sharp track
2.15 A good opportunity for the in form western Morning as he will appreciate the ground a lot more than his rivals and has a good rider in a race for conditionals.
1/2pt Win Western Morning @ 11/4
2.45 great opportunity for zanzi win , but close defeats racking up, just about worth a play.
1/2pt Win Zanzi Win @ 10/11
3.20 A good opportunity for the down grade and pretty much in form Mellow Ben in a modest heat, but not for me at evens.
3.55 The drying ground is worry regarding the in form Cadeau de Bresil , so preference for the well handicapped Big Meadow, who showed a bit more last time.
1/4pt Win Big Meadow @ 9/2
4.25 PREMIUM RACE