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CHAMPION FOUR YEAR OLD HURDLE GRADE 1 – REVIEW

Fusil Raffles

4th May 2019 – Punchestown – The pace was a slow one compared with the mares hurdle and this turned out to be a relative sprint from the turn for home. She showed far too much speed for a runner up that has looked in need of further in each of his latest three runs. There was not a lot else in the race so, in effect, she has beaten one target horse that probably did not go fast enough to bring his stamina into play. Fusil is bound to trade very short in a few pre-race markets next season given his 100% record plus the name of his connections so the relative weakness of this grade one contest is worth noting. That is not to say that he did not do everything that was asked of him for the second time in a row; moreover he still may turn out to be better than this actual form implies – he just needs to prove it and his price next time is unlikely to be a balanced reflection on what he has actually achieved.

Fakir D’oudairies

4th May 2019 – Punchestown – Given the time comparisons with the two and a half mile mare’s race it would be difficult not to conclude that his jockey got his fractions wrong here. The consequence of this was a sprint off the home bend which suited the winner more. That said he has proved to be a reliable proposition this season and he hopefully will continue in the same vein when stepping up in trip.

French Made

4th May 2019 – Punchestown – It is more than possible that she is flattered by her proximity to the front two due to the slow early pace and sprint finish that this turned into.

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