The opener at Fairyhouse on Saturday saw, Man With Van come good in testing conditions. A very lightly raced eight year old, Man With Van is an interesting one with room for improvement. Trainer, Stuart Crawford said of the eight year old, "He might be eight but he's really like a big, green five-year-old & he should keep improving." The first of two for Crawford at Fairyhouse, with Twentytwo's scoring in the last. Both went off 9-4 favourite.
Bryan Cooper seemed to have the upper hand over Ruby Walsh on Suntiep. Si C'etait Vrai with a slight blunder two from home, landed just in front & may have had some more to give, however, fell coming over the last. Ruby had shook up Suntiep to keep a mark on Cooper, but only had to jump the last safely to land.
Henderson's, Oscar whisky travelled to a sticky Sandown to get put through his paces. What may of seemed like a walk in the park, & the market certainly seemed to suggest so at 1-6. Barry Geraghty did well to see off challenging outsider, Manyriverstocross to take the win as expected. Not as fluent as perhaps backers would of liked, but got the job done. Another of Henderson's stars, My Tent Or Yours was due to run in the "double delight" Betfred hurdle, but Instead heads to Wincanton in two weeks time."No way would I run them in that" Henderson speaking of the likes of My Tent Or Yours & Bobs Worth. The trainer reviled there may be a virus stirring amongst his horses. As a result, My Tent Or Yours, Bobs Worth & Sprinter Sacre have been isolated, but are apparently "in good health".
Venetia Williams is in hot form as of late & had a successful day at Sandown, striking with a Treble. including the "double delight" Betfred hurdle, won with the talents of Saroque.
Sunday at Musselburgh may of been a bit of a layers paradise, as only two favourites managed to meet their mark. The Scottish born, Grand National winning jockey, Ryan Mania set the tone as he landed a double in the first two races. Wyse Hill Teabags (10-1) held off Mister Dillon to land & Seeyouatmidnight (22-1) turned over McCoy on the odds-on favourite, Racing Pulse. Over in Punchestown, Ireland. Mullins' Wicklow Brave & Hughes' Lieutenant Colonel lined up to exchange paces. Lieutenant Colonel had the edge in the betting, however when it came to business, Ruby seen off Coopers challenge. Mullins went on to strike again with the French, Arvika Ligeonniere. Wicklow Brave is available at 12's for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham & has taken some money after Sunday.