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Novices' Chase

Calendar 14th March
Horse Racing icon start time 13:30
Horse Racing icon II Etait Temps – Top 4 finish
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The first selection of the place acca is Il Etait Temps to finish in the first 4 in the first race, the Supreme.

He looked destined for a handicap this year after 3 runs behind triumph winner Vauban last year but he’s definitely improved and has been impressive this season with an easy maiden hurdle win, a 4 length second to favourite Facile Vega and then a 9.5 length win at the Dublin Racing Festival following Facile Vega bombing out.

He’s a model of consistency and ground versatile which looks like it could be important for the first day. Based on his effort in February and his previous close proximity to Facile Vega, he is certainly entitled to take his chance here and I cannot see him out of the first 4 in this race at all.

If Facile Vega turns up then it’s his to lose but this lad won’t be far behind him and you’ll get a great run for your money.

Handicap Chase

Calendar 14th March
Horse Racing icon start time 14:50
Horse Racing icon Happygolucky – Top 7 finish
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Secondly, we’ll be taking Happygolucky to finish in the first 6 in the Ultima and I think 6/4 represents good value in this regard.

Horses who have ran in the Ultima before tend to come back and have quite good records, just like Vintage Clouds who won the race on his fourth attempt in 2021! This horse has previously placed in an Ultima and that was only off a mark just 3lb lower than what he races off today.

Course form is imperative in this race which some of his rivals lack and although he was well beaten at the track last time, I am happy to overlook that with him needing a lot more of a stamina test than 2m4f at the age of 9.

His previous course form reads 34120 and some of those efforts were behind really talented horses or in festival handicaps. He rates as a solid place bet.

David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle

Calendar 16th March
Horse Racing icon start time 16:10
Horse Racing icon Brandy Love – Top 3 finish
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In the mares hurdle, we see one of the most competitive renewals of the race for a very long time and the master of the mares Willie Mullins runs Brandy Love as his first string who I would be amazed to see out of the top 3.

She will relish every yard of this trip and convincingly beat the reopposing Love Envoi last year by 8 lengths at Punchestown.

There are question marks over if she’s good enough to win an open company grade 1 but there are also question marks about if Honeysuckle and Epatante are regressing!

It’s going to be a very hard race to win but Willie Mullins knows what it takes and I’d be very shocked if he didn’t even have a horse hit the frame.

She can be forgiven for her reappearance as she didn’t look 100% fit and this has been the aim all season. A top 3 finish looks more than likely.

Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle

Calendar 14th March
Horse Racing icon start time 16:50
Horse Racing icon Tekao – Top 4 finish
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Finally, we have Tekao in the Boodles who is also a Willie Mullins trained horse, this one running in the colours of JP McManus.

His form is rock solid and as a result he has been given a lofty mark by the British handicapper. That said, I think it isn’t beyond his capability at all to defy it.

Willie has ran a classy type in this race before in Saint Sam who finished 2nd and hopefully Tekao can emulate that.

His form this season has been steadily progressive and the 12 length defeat in the grade 1 on his most recent start doesn’t tell half the story! He loomed up alongside Gala Marceau ominously and then completely dropped out.

The way he travelled was that of a graded animal for sure and I think he may have just held a bit back for himself because there is no way he should have been beaten that far after getting upsides.

I think he’s a handicap plot and this is the race he’d been targeted for.

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