There is a belting card at Fairyhouse on Sunday and Racing Post tipster Robbie Wilders provides his five best bets at the meeting.
Magical Zoe @ SP
Parmenion @ SP
Dinoblue @ SP
Authorized Art @ SP
The -trained Ashroe Diamond is a warm order in the Grade 1 mares’ novice hurdle (2.35) at Fairyhouse which is now named after the great Honeysuckle.
She missed the Cheltenham Festival and that freshness could be in her favour, but the value of second favourite Magical Zoe’s form is stronger and she is the selection to follow in her former stablemate Honeysuckle’s footsteps by bagging this.
Magical Zoe returned from a 132-day break in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at the festival and fared best of those held up when a staying-on second to You Wear It Well, who made every yard.
This five-year-old came from a highly unpromising position and shaped as if a step up to 2m4f - which she gets here - will be very much in her favour.
The form is worth upgrading further as she carried a 5lb penalty at Cheltenham and will reoppose of level weights with the likes of Halka Du Tabert, Princess Zoe and Lot Of Joy, who she has already beaten.
There is no You Wear It Well to keep tabs on this time and she can upset Ashroe Diamond.
Mullins might have more joy in the Grade 2 novice hurdle over 2m4f later on the card (3.10) with Parmenion.
Parmenion incurred two odds-on defeats on his first two runs for this team but the horses who beat him were smart (High Definition and Found A Fifty) and the ground was soft, and this five-year-old put those setbacks well behind him at Leopardstown last time.
The switch to a quicker surface and step up to 2m4f worked the oracle as he sauntered home in a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown in March for a career-high RPR, and this always highly regarded son of Soldier Hollow can show the benefit of an under-the-radar preparation en route to Graded company.
He will be fresher than most here and should have plenty more to offer on spring ground.
The 2m handicap chase (4.20) should be a walk in the park for Dinoblue if she returns in the same form as when she was second in the Grand Annual last month.
The well-backed 7/2 favourite was put in her place by ’s improving mare Maskada that day, but pulled three lengths clear of the third and gets to race off the same mark of 140 in a much weaker race.
The dangers below the topweight are difficult to identify and she can justify her position atop the betting before moving back into Graded company.
The fancied horses in the feature Grade 1 WilllowWarm Gold Cup Chase (4.55) have questions to answer following events at the as Mighty Potter and Appreciate It disappointed in the Turners, while Sir Gerhard ran no race in the Brown Advisory.
Mullins will probably secure a fifth successive victory if Mighty Potter hangs his chance away like he did at the festival, and I’m turning my attention to two Closutton runners who arrive following lower-key preparations going into Fairyhouse and will appreciate the drying ground.
Authorized Art loves a sound surface and wouldn’t have appreciated the soft ground when fourth to Mighty Potter and Geri Colombe in the Hatton’s Grace and Faugheen Novices' Chase in the depths of winter.
This eight-year-old will be fresher than most following a 104-day break and remains open to plenty of improvement as a chaser.
Flame Bearer is the other to back following a runaway Grade 3 success at Thurles in March. He came alive for former trainer Pat Doyle this time last season, landing a Grade 2 novice hurdle at this meeting before chasing home the top-class State Man at the Punchestown festival.
The engine is there and his jumping is improving, while he is quite unexposed as a two-and-a-half-miler over fences.