Shop Dj can hit the right note for Russell.
Today's bets Edeymi 4.00 Fairyhouse 1pt win Shop Dj 4.30 Fairyhouse 1pt win The Way We Were 5.00 Fairyhouse 1pt win Shot From The Hip 5.30 Fairyhouse 1pt win CHAMPION-ELECT Davy Russell should get another winner on the board on the Peter Fahey-trained Shop Dj in the John Fowler Memorial Mares Chase at Fairyhouse today.
The daughter of Dushyantor is proving a versatile performer. She took time out from her novice chasing campaign to win a 2m maiden on the all-weather at Dundalk in February before finishing a satisfactory fifth behind Quevega in the mares' hurdle at Cheltenham.
Her form over fences has featured an emphatic win at Thurles in October and she confirmed a high standard of form when splitting Knockfierna and Our Victoria at Cork in December. She faces an improving rival in Odonimee, who has won her last two races, but gets 3lb from the Lar Butler-trained mare with whom she shares a handicap rating of 133.
Russell had a winner for Tony Martin in the Gigginstown colours yesterday, and it is a surprise that he deserts Edeymi from the County Meath stable in the opening Weatherbys Ireland GSB Hurdle. Edeymi has improved with each start and was best of the Irish when second to Une Artiste in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham.
Russell puts his faith in Arnaud, a Charles Byrnes-trained gelding who finished a little over three lengths behind Edeymi when fifth at Cheltenham. It is an interesting decision, but this could be one that goes against the season's leading rider, with Andrew Lynch the beneficiary on Martin's runner.
It has been a good meeting for the McManus/McCoy combination, and Edward O'Grady lends his weight to their challenge today, supplying two likely handicap types in the green and gold colours.
The Way We Were, touched off by Steel Park in his first handicap hurdle at Leopardstown, may go one better in the Tote-sponsored handicap hurdle with that experience under his belt.
Shot From The Hip, a Grade 1 winner over hurdles at Punchestown last year, appears to be on a viable mark in the Dan Moore Handicap Chase, getting 12lb from Bellvano, who profited from one of the rides of the season when landing the Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham under Paul Carberry.
Edeymi: runner-up in the Fred Winter