Full race preview and free betting tips for the 4.40pm Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse.
The Fairyhouse Easter Festival may not have the same prestige as Aintree or Punchestown but the Powers Gold Cup is well deserving of its Grade 1 status with a history of winners including Arkle, Captain Christy, Dorans Pride, Rince Ri and Native Upmanship.
For this year’s renewal, Ballycasey (6/4 William Hill) heads the field, coming here off the back of a Cheltenham run in the RSA where, not for the first time, he didn't appear to get home over 3m. The drop back to 2m4f is certainly in his favour, as is the small field which shouldn’t put so much pressure on his often fragile jumping. He has won both starts on similar ground and, as the highest rated runner in the field, he is a worthy favourite.
BRIGHT NEW DAWN (5/1 SkyBet) on the other hand, is the lowest rated in the line-up but has improved of late thanks to the addition of a hood. He beat a solid yardstick in the form of Letter Of Credit comfortably at Navan on his most recent start. There is likely to be better to come and he might represent a spot of value.
Mozoltov (6/1 bet365) is the outsider of the field but hasn't done an awful lot wrong in his career thus far. The biggest question mark against him is the underfoot conditions having only got as far as the first at Cheltenham the only time he has encountered similar ground. He has won since that race, showing himself in good heart, although the quality of opposition here is far sterner.
The admirably consistent Rebel Fitz (2/1 Coral) rounds out the quartet, continuing an impressive run of form that has seen him finish outside the first two just three times in a twenty five race career. He has missed the winter, returning just over three weeks ago with a smooth success at Cork. His hurdle rating (4lbs higher than his chase rating) is a match for Ballycasey's chase rating but he is mainly kept to easier opposition than this having been beaten a combined 33 lengths in his last three Grade 1 and 2 races.
Despite only four runners this looks to be an incredibly difficult race with cases to be made for each of the runners. Ballycasey is the one to beat on the ratings but he isn't one I want to take a short price about given his tendency to clout the odd fence. Rebel Fitz should be a match for him on ratings and is most likely of the four to give his running on this ground but equally has been below par against this class of opposition in the past. That leaves us then with BRIGHT NEW DAWN to spring a minor surprise for Dessie Hughes. The hood appears to have been the making of him and on bits of form he should carrying a higher rating than his current 145.
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