Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase Tips, 2.10 at Fairyhouse, 12th January 2019
The Dan Moore Memorial Chase is one of the highlights of Saturday’s card at Fairyhouse. This Grade A, 2 mile 1 furlong handicap always attracts a competitive field and nothing has changed for the 2019 renewal.
There is a combination of old stagers who have been competing for handicap prizes for years and those about whom connections have high hopes of success at a higher level. The bookies’ odds show that this is expected to be a very close run thing and recent renewals have seen winners range from the favourite to 25/1 shots so there is clearly some great opportunity to be had.
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Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase Tips
NB – odds correct at time of publication and subject to change
- Cadmium to win at 11/2 with Coral
- Three Stars each way at 14/1 with BetVictor
Cadmium to Relish Return to Handicaps
Amongst the most interesting trends for the Dan Moore Memorial is the fact that only one of the last 10 winners was aged younger than six. That does not make great reading for connections of the current top two in the betting, Duca De Thaix and Cubomania. The Gordon Elliott-trained duo are both six-years-old and although they’re getting support from punters it could be that Elliott is frustrated by his training rival, Willie Mullins.
Mullins’ leading option for the Dan Moore Memorial is Cadmium. This seven-year-old had some very good results in handicap company last season, so much so that he has been entered into top class novice chases this season. That plan looked to be a very smart one after he won at Grade 3 level at Punchestown in October. Not only did Cadmium jump well but he showed there he is capable of improvement by reversing the form with Ornua.
Cadmium was unable to follow up that Punchestown performance with another win but he was far from disappointing when placing third and fourth in Grade 2 and Grade 1 contests respectively. His owners, the Supreme Horse Racing Club, are hopeful that Cadmium will be able to win at the Grade level again but for now will be very happy for him to impose his class on the field at Fairyhouse at Saturday to win at best odds of 11/2 with Coral.
Three Stars Can Battle for a Place
Cadmium is one of a number of high calibre horses towards the top of the betting but these relatively big field handicaps aren’t always sorted simply by the class of the competitors. It is vital for horses to show a certain amount of grit to hold on and challenge in the closing stages which is why it may well be worth backing Three Stars each way at 14/1 with BetVictor.
Henry De Bromhead’s nine-year-old has hardly shone in his two appearances so far this season but he has certainly showed a real battling spirit. Few horses would have looked quite so laboured in running as Three Stars did last time out at Cork and still finished fourth. He’s unlikely to be able to beat the entire field at Fairyhouse but Three Stars has every chance of hanging on at the business end of the race to claim a place.
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