Hatton’s Grace Preview

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Apples Jade
Apples Jade

Fairyhouse plays host to its first big meeting of the jumps season and the Grade 1 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle takes centre stage. This race is run of 2m 4f and gives trainers a good indication of what route they should take for the remainder of the season.

Apples Jade is bidding for a hat-trick of victories in the race and looked as good as ever when running away with the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan on seasonal debut. She is versatile when it comes to ground and seems at home over this trip. In truth, it’s hard to see anything beating Gordon Elliott’s star mare.

Supasundae was last seasons Champion Hurdle winner and was one of the most consistent horses in training, with placings in Garde 1’s in each of his starts. Jessica Harrington’s inmate doesn’t have a great record when fresh and will undoubtedly come on for the run.

I think a watching brief is the best advice when it comes to him.

Dortmund Park could be a player for the place purposes, he won the Grade 1 Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown last season and ran much better than the finishing position suggests in the Lismullen Hurdle behind Apples Jade on seasonal debut. He was still bang there two out and wasn’t messed around once his chance had gone. I expect him to come on from that run and may sneak into the places.

Last season Triumph Hurdle winner Farclas also represents the Gordon Elliott stable, he is making his seasonal debut and stepping up in distance for the first time. He looks like a relaxed type that will appreciate the extra distance and could be one of those rare beasts who trains on after winning the triumph.

Limini represents Willie Mullins here, she was third behind Apples Jade in the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham back in March and showed her flat talent in a big handicap on Champions Weekend. She is s lassy mare but she was disappointing on her last two starts on the flat.

Selection: Dortmund Park – Each-Way

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