Royal Bond Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)
Willie Mullins holds the keys in his hands to the outcome of this race. Exciting Long Dog might be hard to beat but stable mate Bachasson can’t be underestimated.
The French import is unbeaten in four starts in Ireland and landed a good Grade 3 Hurdle in excellent style when last seen. He’s also receiving some weight from Long Dog.
Bachasson @ 7/2 Paddy Power – 5pts Win
Hatton’s Grace Hurdle (Grade 1)
If Arctic Fire runs to his best he’ll be probably running away with this. However he’s fallen short to prevail on the highest level up until now and is one I’m prepared to take on.
Receiving 4lb from all his rivals, French gelding Gwencily Berbas is an interesting alternative. He probably would like it a bit softer but has won on yielding ground here at Fairyhouse over 2m on Grade 3 level earlier this month.
Still lightly raced, he is unexposed over the 2 1/2m trip, which on pedigree should very much suit.
Gwencily Berbas @ 10/1 Paddy Power – 5pts Win