Elliott versus Mullins:
It has come down to the final day appearing like we’ll have a headbobbing finish to the Irish Trainers Championship.
Who’d of ever thought Daddy would call upon son Patrick (Champion Amateur) to pull a Punchestown Grade One (Champion Hurdle) not to mention a double out of the fire on Wicklow Brave and Bacardys turning the tide, whilst potentially rescuing the title.
Fantastic scenes on Day four as Patrick completed a treble including two battling finishes against Ruby Walsh and Robbie Power showcasing his talents on the biggest stage just when the doctor ordered it for Closutton. Ruby Walsh, it must be said developed a more serious strain of seconditis this week but must feel relieved in some sense that Patrick has dug him out of a hole.
Going into the final day it’s all to play for even though Mullins has overtook Elliott and now leads by +91,295 euros. The Gods should have spoken between the hour of 15:50 & 16:50 today as the two most valuable Grade Ones fall side by side. Mullins and Elliott representatives facing off at the head of both markets its sure to be tense.
It falls on Apples Jade (5/6) who it’s been well highlighted was one of the 60 horses removed from the Mullins stable by Gigginstown last November. She needs to deliver for her new yard today otherwise it is done.
Presuming Apples Jade wins, which many will expect her to do things will really start to get real. Another 59k pot at stake for the Grade One Juvenile Hurdle it’s Bapaume (Mullins) versus Mega Fortune (Elliott) to most likely decide it.
Anybody who feels Gordon can pull it out the fire and is considering backing him at (7/2) now to do so might aswel write out an Apple’s Jade and Mega Fortune double (5/1) because with Willie mopping up place money like he has been all week, this is what will be needed.
Jumps Season Finale Selections :
AUGUSTA KATE (5/2) – W/O Apples Jade 15:50 Punchestown.
For all this Willie Mullins followers who have profited this week selecting the Mullins horses that Ruby did not has been your route to success.
In the Mares Champion Hurdle Walsh has gone for potential ahead proven ability and recent form in the shape of Rich Ricci’s Karalee.
A chance is taken Ruby has chosen wrong once again in this as Alan Shearer’s mare Augusta Kate seems to have hit form at the right time. 5/2 without the favourite looks value as Apples Jade should be too good if she runs to anything like her Festival form.
MARINERO (14/1) – 17:00, Punchestown.
Previously trained by Tony Martin Marinero managed to keep his novice status for another season. Having been to all the top dances as regards novice chases are concerned this season, he wasn’t expected to get too much involved in any of his starts this term, nor did he.
Rated highly over hurdles. we’ve certainly not got to the bottom of him over fences. Off a chase mark of 142 he has a definite chance to break his duct in handicaps after two seasons fencing for his new trainer Henry De Bromhead.
TRAFFIC FLUIDE (2/1)- 14:25, Sandown.
Stepping up in trip for the first time to almost three miles could be exactly what’s needed for Gary Moores charge. Many believed after progressing through handicaps in his novice campaign this lad could make it to the top of the two mile division.
Having had problems, his performance’s since returning from injury this campaign has got steadily better as the years gone on. In reciept of weight against an aging Menorah 2/1 seems a fair price. Supported in the market.
By Barry Doyle – 29/04/2017
Best Bets :
Augusta Kate, W/O Apples Jade – 5/2 (Powers) 16:50- 2pts win
Marinero – 14/1 (Powers ) 17:00- 1pt ew
Traffic Fluide – 2/1 (Paddy Powers) 14:25 – 1 pt win