Get The Revs Up With Mag In Hatton’s Grace
Fairyhouse stage a trio of Grade 1’s on Sunday but from a punting point of view it is a day that revolves around one horse and that is Vroum Vroum Mag in the Hatton’s Grace.
Get The Revs Up With Mag
It may not be the best Hatton’s Grace in terms of ratings, but it certainly does have plenty of exciting types going to post but surely Vroum Vroum Mag is going to be a cut above the rest and punters should be sure and have a good cut on the seven-year-old.
Unbeaten in 10 starts for Willie Mullins and going in search of a Grade 1 hat-trick…
Vroum Vroum Mag is a brilliant bet at 4/5 and can’t go unbacked.
Her current list of entries span from the top two mile hurdle at Christmas to the top three-mile chases and pretty much every Grade 1 in between and the hardest thing about Vroum Vroum Mag’s participation is likely to be Willie Mullins deciding where to go next.
The versatile mare justified odds on favouritism to win the mares hurdle at Cheltenham back in March and bounced back to win the Champion Hurdle at Punchestown in April when she dropped back to two-miles and put Identity Thief aside and now he’s one of the leading fancies for the Arkle.
Apple’s Jade would be a fair one to be able to bounce back from Newcastle last weekend and win this, while Triumph Hurdle favourite Ivanovich Gorbatov hasn’t seemed to find that form as of yet this season. Shaneshill is a good yardstick but probably wants further and if Gordon Elliott can win the race with Dedigout we may just gather in the winners enclosure and start bowing to the trainer.
Barring some sort of biblical intervention this is Vroum Vroum Mag’s Hatton’s Grace and you can start etching her name in the roll of honour now.
Another Step On The Ladder
From the confidence of Vroum Vroum Mag, the selection in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle is more tentative but…
5/1 chance Labaik can maintain his unbeaten record over hurdles.
The five-year-old is a bit of a quirky sort as he has a good long think about whether or not he wants to jump off and race but when he gets going he certainly looks to have a fair engine and he is just about given the nod over Penhill.
Labaik finished strongly to claim a Grade 3 at Navan last month and it was interesting to notice that Gordon Elliott gave him an entry in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown over Christmas so they clearly think he has a lot more to give.
Penhill is clearly a very talented horse and his jumping has improved with each start so he can run a big race and it’ll be intriguing to see how Peace News gets on. Inserted as the favourite for this race as soon as entries were released, he won a good looking maiden hurdle at Cork and certainly has a lofty reputation but this is another step up again.
Labaik will take to the track in the second race at 1.10 and his performance in the Grade 1 will surely prove to be a pointer to his stable companion Mick Jazz who runs an hour later in the handicap hurdle.
Vroum Vroum Mag (4/5) – 1.40 Fairyhouse
Labaik (5/1) – 1.10 Fairyhouse
*Prices correct at time of publication.