Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase (Fairyhouse) Betting Tips & Predictions – Saturday 12th January 2019

The handicappers take centre stage on the racing front this coming Saturday, with intriguing contests taking place on both sides of the Irish Sea. The pick of the bunch over in Ireland is this cracker from Fairyhouse.

In what looks as competitive a renewal as ever we will be siding with the up and coming star of the Irish training game – who already has a Melbourne Cup to his name – to claim another decent prize here.

Top Tips

Landofhopeandglory each way @ 10/1

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Race Info

2m1f is the trip for this Grade A Chase contest set to be run on good ground this year and offering €100,000 in total prize money.

GoingDistanceGradePrize MoneyRunnersEW Terms
Good 2m1f Grade A €100,000 16 Runners 1/4 1-4

Recent Winners

This race has only been with us since 2013, but Gordon Elliott has already made his stamp on the record books, being the only trainer to date to land the prize on more than one occasion. With six of the current 16 entries hailing from Elliott’s County Meath operation, he looks to hold every chance of claiming a third success this year.

Fans of jockey trends may want to take a close look at whatever Davy Russell rides on the day. Russell has won three of the six editions to date, for three different trainers.

2018 Doctor Phoenix 13/2 Gordon Elliott Davy Russell
2017 Ball D’Arc 3/1 Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy
2016 Nearly Nama’d 4/1 Sandra Hughes Barry Geraghty
2015 Mallowney 8/1 Timothy Doyle Davy Russell
2014 Rurban 11/2 Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh

Analysis: O’Brien To Land The Prize

A decent prize in a handicap contest will invariably attract a competitive field, and this race is certainly no exception, with the majority of the major owners and trainers in the Irish game looking set to be involved.

Duc Worth A Look?

It’s tough to rule out any of the six Elliott runners with any kind of confidence, with the ultra-consistent Cubomia in particular seeming unlikely to be too far away. Overall though we agree with the market here and rate the six year old Duca De Thaix as the best chance Elliott has of winning this contest for the third year on the spin. This son of Voix Du Nord has been pretty busy already and will be having his sixth run of the season here. Never out of the first three in his five previous efforts this term, he arrives here on the back of his first win of the season when trotting in by five lengths at this track last time out. He’s up 10lbs for that, which does make life tougher, but such was the manner of his success, he may well cope.

Mullins Blazing A Trail To Victory

Gordon Elliott isn’t the only Irish training powerhouse set to be represented in this, as big rival and perennial Champion Trainer, Willie Mullins, also looks set to send two to post. Both Cadmium and Blazer have been tried over further than this of late, but both do have winning form at around this trip. It’s a close call between the two, but getting 7lbs from his stablemate, and possibly looking the speedier of the two, it’s Blazer who looks the pick of the pair for us. A three length second to Sharjah over hurdles last season certainly reads well now, but he does need to step up considerably on his two efforts so far this season.

O’Brien Has Hopes Of Glory

Joseph O’Brien is not yet at quite the level of Gordon Elliott or Willie Mullins, but if there is one trainer likely to threaten that pair’s stranglehold on Irish racing in the coming seasons it is surely the son of Aidan O’Brien. The young handler looks set to send just the one to post this year in the shape of Landofhopeandglory, and on the pick of his form, he would look to boast sound claims running off a mark of 130.

In two previous efforts at around this trip on decent ground, he has won in a canter in his maiden and finished a rock solid fifth behind a peak form Defi Du Deuil in the 2017 Triumph Hurdle. Looking in need of the run on his comeback at Navan, he took a big step forward when beaten under six lengths off this mark last time out at Limerick and may just be coming to hand at the right time for this.

Final Verdict: Landofhopeandglory each way

There’s no real clear standout on the formbook to us here. Duca De Thaix was undeniably impressive last time out, but does have that whopping hike in the handicap to contend with and hasn’t been missed by the market. Blazer looks the type to win one of these one day, but has shown so little in his two starts this season that we will give him the swerve here.

Overall this looks a good race for an each way punt, and at double figure odds it is Landofhopeandglory who will be carrying our cash here. Looking to be running into form nicely and with conditions in his favour he can go close for his talented trainer.

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