We are quite accustomed to seeing Davy Russell on these shores riding at Cheltenham and at next week’s Aintree Grand National Festival. The man from County Cork has ridden plenty of winners at both. It’s less common to see Russell come over for three rides on a Friday afternoon at Ayr.
You would imagine he’s not coming over just to make up the numbers so all three mounts must be of interest. A good day here would be a show of intent before next week’s Grand National meeting. With this week’s Scottish and next week’s Aintree National fixtures be sure to check out our free tips page as we’ll have plenty of content on offer.
Irish Blaze didn’t look like the finished article when winning his maiden hurdle at Punchestown in February. He carried his head awkwardly on the run in so was probably value for more than the winning distance of under two lengths. He should have learnt plenty that day and it’s reasonable to expect improvement for his second rules start. Irish Blaze is certainly an interesting contender.
Coach Carter has had just four starts over fences and he won a weak novice chase on his debut over the larger obstacles at Listowel in September. In three starts since he has shown next to nothing and been beaten out of sight. He made his first start in a handicap chase at Leopardstown on Boxing Day over 2m1f and only beat two horses home. Connections will be hoping that the British handicapper doesn’t have a grip on him if this plot is to come off.
Motown Maggie is a Fairyhouse maiden hurdle winner with a pretty consistent record having placed in six of her eight hurdles starts. She was second here to another Irish invader in January who went on to place in a Grade 3. She was probably bogged down in testing conditions over an extended three miles at Punchestown on her last start in February. Ground conditions should be nicer here which should help her get the trip and she could be well handicapped.
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