Paul Ferguson has two selections for us on Monday; Flementime in the Chepstow 2.05 and Marinero in the Fairyhouse 6.35. Compare odds and bet.
It’s Irish Grand National day at Fairyhouse, where one of the most interesting runners of Easter Monday comes in the concluding bumper, in the shape of Marinero (6:35) who was a real eye-catcher on his rules debut.
Runner-up at Leopardstown in January, Tony Martin’s five-year-old had earlier beaten Charlie Longsdon’s useful Germany Calling in his point-to-point at Ballydurn. The son of Presenting sets a fair standard here and is fancied to go one better.
On the domestic front, Cocktails At Dawn should be difficult to beat under his penalty at Chepstow and, both those who were on the other day and those who don’t mind taking short odds, may well be prepared to take the 2s on.
Earlier on the card Flementime (2:05) should be a more realistic price in the mares’ novices’ hurdle and she can return to winning ways for Martin Keighley and Ian Popham.
She was a winner for the column on her penultimate start, when beating Spyder (won next time) and EBF Final winner Brave Vic, before tying up late on at Exeter, when she seemed certain to land a handicap for most of the race.
This looks a fairly strong event for a mares’ only contest, but the six-year-old boasts some pretty sound form – had earlier bumped into Legacy Gold – and, on her favoured decent surface, she can come out on top.
2:05 Chepstow: Flementime; 7/4 Betfred
6:35 Fairyhouse: Marinero; 11/4 Paddy Power
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