Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase (Fairyhouse) Betting Tips & Preview – Sunday 14th January 2018

We have cracking handicapping action to look forward to this coming Sunday afternoon in the form of this 2m1½f event from Fairyhouse. The ground at the track is currently riding soft to heavy, and there is enough rain in the area to suggest there will still be plenty of give underfoot come race day. Here we pick out our best bet for the contest.

Past Winners/Top Jockeys and Trainers

With the winners in the past five years here all having been different ages, and all having been trained by a different trainer, this is not the best of races for trends fans. With just the one winner at bigger than 8/1 over this period though, it may pay to concentrate on those towards the head of the market.

  1. 2017- Ball D’Arc, trained by Gordon Elliott, ridden by Jack Kennedy
  2. 2016 - Nearly Nama’d, trained by Sandra Hughes, ridden by Barry Geraghty
  3. 2015 - Mallowney, trained by Timothy Doyle, ridden by Davy Russell
  4. 2014 - Turban, trained by Willie Mullins, ridden by Ruby Walsh
  5. 2013 - Lastoftheleaders, trained by Arthur Moore, ridden by Davy Russell

Betting Tips

It is the Willie Mullins runner Acapella Bourgeois who currently heads the betting this year and he would certainly be an interesting contender if making it to post on the day. Beaten nine lengths by stablemate Polidam over 2m4f last time out, he gets an 8lb pull with that rival which should certainly bring him closer. Of more concern would be the trip. Barring his bumper, all of this one’s career wins have come over 2m4f+, so this may be a little on the short side.

It is the aforementioned Polidam who is currently second favourite for the race, and having been well on top in that verdict over Acapella Bourgeouis, and also won five times at between 2m1f and 2m3f when trained in France, he looks a more appealing proposition than the jolly. We do need to forgive his flop last time out in the Paddy Power Chase, but that did come over 3m, and it may be that he simply didn’t stay.

The one who has been there and done it before is the former Sandra Hughes runner, Nearly Nama’d. Now with Augustine Leahy, he hadn’t shown much in his first three starts for his new handler, but bounced right back to something like his best last time out at this track. Only 4lbs higher than when taking this by 4½l in 2016, he looks a threat to all.

Conclusion

Of those prominent in the betting, the one to make much the most appeal is Nearly Nama’d. With three wins from just the five career starts at this track, he clearly likes it here, goes well on soft to heavy ground, and arrives in fine fettle on the back of that excellent win last time out. This is competitive so take the 6/1 available with Betfair each way.

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