It’s a bumper day of racing on Easter Monday, with a whopping seven meetings to sink our teeth into. Chepstow, Redcar, Wolverhampton, Kempton, Cork, Fairyhouse and Plumpton all host racing on a jam-packed holiday.
We’ll have horse racing tips for all the action, but there’s so many Monday duels to savour. Top quality horses are out at both Fairyhouse and Kempton, with storylines that make them a fascinating watch. Find all out all the details below, including an 80-1 accumulator!
2.40 Fairyhouse – Teahupoo vs Jeff Kidder
The first race on ITV is the Grade 2 Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Juvenile Hurdle and it features two brilliant contenders. Teahupoo is a perfect three from three under rules, winning a trio of hurdling contests with the minimum of fuss. The most recent pair came in Ireland, latterly quickening clear to win a Grade 3 over course and distance. He’s the top-rated in the line-up and rates as the one to beat, but it won’t be totally plain sailing.
He’ll be facing the Fred Winter winner, Jeff Kidder, who caused an 80/1 shock at the Festival just a few weeks ago. There was seemingly no fluke about his success, progressing well from a comfortable course and distance victory back in September. He receives three pounds from the aforementioned rival, but on ratings, that still leaves him with five pounds to find. It’ll be a fascinating duel, Denise Foster’s charge can gain the upper hand.
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3.30 Kempton – Proven form takes on unexposed entities
Despite there being just the five runners, this is likely to be an informative conditions contest. El Drama was a debut winner at Doncaster in October, beating a pair of horses who have franked the form since. Returning from a 134-day break at Lingfield in early March, he ran a big race to finish third in a Listed contest. Rated 98, he sets the form standard, but will be facing off against a pair of unexposed debut winners.
Mostahdaf is a half-brother to the Group 1 winner Nazeef and was a very comfortable winner on debut for John Gosden. Now in the care of both John and Thady Gosden, whose string are in rampant form, he looks to take another step in the right direction. Imperial Sands is the other, a make-all scorer over course and distance two weeks ago. They both merit plenty of respect, but El Drama boasts the proven form at this higher level and is the one to beat as a result.
WINNER: El Drama
4.02 Kempton – Superb Snowdrop
This year’s Snowdrop promises to be a competitive contest and it’s hard to rule out many of this year’s contenders. The early favourite is Amniarix, who arrives on a four-timer, completing the hat-trick with a dominant conditions victory at Wolverhampton. She’s highly progressive and should have more to offer, but she faces a pair of rivals who have her beat on ratings.
The first of those is Lavender’s Blue, a talented if not quirky daughter of Sea The Stars. She’s won just two of her 10 starts, but she’s very classy and has placed at Group 3 level. She’s likely to be there or thereabouts, but she doesn’t always find much off the bridle. That perhaps hands the advantage to Fooraat, who kept some tough company after winning her opening two starts.
She’s been absent since the autumn, where she finishing a very respectable fifth in the Rosemary Stakes. A return to the All-Weather should do her the world of good, given that’s where she gained her opening two successes. Lightly-raced and still unexposed, she rates as the one to side with.
4.20 Fairyhouse – Top class treat
There’s no doubt about it, the Grade 2 Devenish Chase is the race of the day in terms of pure quality. There’s Grade 1 form aplenty in this contest, with the favourite being Joseph O’Brien’s Fakir D’oudairies. Despite being a Grade 1 winner over fences, he’s often been the bridesmaid in his career, finishing second in five Grade 1 contests. That includes the Champion Chase and most recently, the Ryanair.
He faces off with a pair of horses who with something to prove. Battleoverdoyen was a Grade 2 winner on seasonal return before a pair of disappointing performances at Punchestown and Thurles. He defeated Easy Game back in October by six lengths, with that rival also arriving on the back of two below-par performances. This looks a prime opportunity for Fakir D’oudairies, who is the only one out of the top three who can boast recent form.
WINNER: Fakir D’oudairies