Paul Ferguson has two selections from Fairyhouse for us on Easter Monday; Ex Patriot at 3:15 and Our Duke at 5.00. Compare odds and bet.
Despite concerns over his lack of experience OUR DUKE (5:00) is taken to land the Irish Grand National this afternoon.
A Grade 1 winner earlier in the season, Jessie Harrington’s seven-year-old has had just the three starts over fences but looks a potential Gold Cup contender – if he gets into a rhythm early on, he really ought to go very close and is taken to round off a magnificent few weeks for the stable.
Minella Foru is greatly respected, while Abolitionist is another for any shortlist, for rookie trainer Ellmarie Holden and Rachael Blackmore. The same trainer/jockey combination can strike earlier in the day with improving juvenile EX PATRIOT (3:15).
A winner at the track in January, he is improving with each run and travelled really well when fourth in the Triumph, having got loose before the start.