Willie Mullins Relies on Scotsirish for a Repeat Victory in Tuesday's Dan Moore Chase at Fairyhouse
Thursday, 21 April 2011Champion trainer Willie Mullins who saddled multiple Grade 1 hero Golden Silver to land the Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase a year ago has the ultra-consistent Scotsirish, which is rated 150, primed for the latest renewal of Easter Tuesday's feature event.
Younger brother Tom may rely on Made In Taipan (145) for the Grade A race worth €60,000 to the winner which attracted 15 entries today including Tony Martin's top-rated Psycho (152) with Moore's son-in-law Tommy Carberry hoping for a fourth win in the trot this season courtesy of Peak Raider (124).
Dan's son Arthur who has included Lastoftheleaders (129) and veteran Mansony (131) here can also choose between the www.thetote.com Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) and the Grade 3 Weatherbys Ireland GSB Hurdle for his latest Cheltenham Festival scorer What A Charm. The versatile mare, in the ownership of the Jones family, is on a mark of 123 for the Tote promotion in which she could encounter Far Away So Close (132) which was a brave winner in handicap company for Paul Nolan's Wexford yard at Aintree recently.
Far Away So Close is likewise engaged in the preceding Coolmore National Hunt Sires Novice Hurdle along with top-rated Ballyhaunis (134) from the Willie Mullins team and Philip Fenton's undefeated Last Instalment (130).
Colin Tizzard's winner Theatre Guide plus An Capall Mor (Sheena West) and Ben Case's Orangeaday, each placed in this category first time out, may all travel from England for the valuable Tattersalls Irelands Sales Bumper.
Fairyhouse's Clerk of the Course Joe Collins was at the Meath track this morning and confirmed the current ground conditions as good. Watering continues and Acting Manager Peter Roe says there is a chance of some showers materialising there tomorrow.