Apple’s Jade faces five rivals in Hatton’s Grace
Apple’s Jade is put to face five competitions when she bids for an historic fourth victory in the BARONERACING.COM Hatton’s Grace Hurdle.
Gordon Elliott’s brilliant mare scooted to a 20-length success 12 months ago – getting the third largest winner of the two-and-a-half-mile Grade One at Fairyhouse later Limestone Lad (1999, 2001 and 2002) and Solerina (2003, 2004 and 2005).
But she’ll reunite with something to prove she goes looking for the four-timer on Sunday – with defeated at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown at the spring, and had to contend with the runner-up spot on her reappearance from the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan.
Willie Mullins has whittled down his team to 3.
The winner trainer instead is based on Lismullen Hurdle winner Bacardys, Killultagh Vic and the 2018 Stayers’ hero Penhill – the next month, since chasing home stablemate Faugheen in Punchestown, who was sidelined.
The field is done with Henry de Bromhead’s unbeaten mare Honeysuckle along with the stable celebrity Davids Charm of John Joe Walsh.
“He’s in good shape, however, it seems that a hot race this season – and if we can pick up some place money we’ll be pleased,” said Walsh.
The first of three Grade One occasions onto a card would be the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle, in which Envoi Allen is the star attraction.
Season’s Champion Bumper hero left a foot-perfect beginning at the start of the month to his profession over challenges and now is a hot favourite to successfully measure up to the degree.
Next from the market is his stablemate Abacadabras -with the Foveros, Joseph O’Brien’s Midnight Run, along with Darver Star out of Gavin Cromwell’s yard featuring one of nine runners. The latter has won his past four starts, however, faces a rise in class.
Cromwell explained:”He’s done nothing wrong, however this is a enormous step up and it will be difficult for him.
“It’s his last day for a novice, therefore we thought it was worthwhile. It’s nice to have a horse able to compete in these races.”
The Samcro of elliott is among six horses.
The seven-year-old appeared far more like his old self when creating a winning return to action bow Down Royal, but may not have matters all his own way this weekend.
The standard is essentially defined by Burrows Saint, who supplied Mullins in the spring.
O’Brien’s Fakir D’oudairies adds further strength in depth, while trainer Matthew Smith after an impressive debut over fences in this track has supplemented Ronald Vacuum.
Smith explained:”We’re looking ahead. It is definitely into, so we’ll see how we proceed.
“He has won three races in Fairyhouse, so that he clearly likes the trail. It’s a big step up for him, but there’s just one way to find out whether he’s up to it or not”