Fairyhouse Easter Monday Betting Tips

The Fairyhouse Easter Monday betting tips for April 22 from Betting.org have Snow Falcon down as the NAP of the supporting card on Irish Grand National day in the Grade 2 Devenish Chase over 2m 4f. A weak renewal of the similar grade and distance Irish Strawberry Hurdle, meanwhile, can go to Wicklow Brave now down slightly in trip. Course and distance winner Way Back Home looks each-way value for the Grade 2 juvenile hurdle earlier on the eight-race card. For more on these horses’ chances, read our detailed Fairyhouse Easter Monday betting tips preview below.

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Snow Falcon a strong fancy for Devenish Chase at Fairyhouse

Besides the Irish Grand National, there are three Grade 2 contests on the bumper Easter Monday card at Fairyhouse. The last of those is the 2m 4f Devenish Chase (16:20), and Snow Falcon looks to have been laid out by in-form handler Noel Meade to land a hat-trick in it.

This nine-year-old son of Presenting is three from nine over fences and made real waves in the autumn. After keeping on to be nearest at the finish and a 10-length fourth to Clarcam in the ultra-competitive Galway Plate in August, Snow Falcon stepped up to 3m and landed the Kerry National in really gutsy fashion at the Listowel Harvest Festival.

He was produced to lead three out and ridden clear before the last. Any thoughts of an easy win were eradicated by the running on Saturnas, but Snow Falcon toughed it out despite giving 6lb to the runner-up and prevailed by a neck. It was a very taking display and he was talked about as a potential Ladbrokes Trophy contender off the back of it.

Meade clearly felt 3m stretched Snow Falcon’s stamina as he dropped him back in trip to an extended 2m 3f at Down Royal last time out. Victory over 2018 JLT heroine Shattered Love off level weights and on similar going to this is arguably the best form on offer.

Down Royal form sets standard

This is because the third horse home, Monalee, came out and chased home Kemboy over 3m in the Grade 1 Savills Chase at Leopardstown, then landed a deserved victory when back over 2m 4f around Gowran Park at this level on their Trials day. He beat Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Anibale Fly in that race.

Although Snow Falcon meets The Storyteller 5lb worse off from his Grade 2 success here, something has been amiss with Gordon Elliott’s runner throughout this season. As he beat that re-opposing rival by over 12 lengths, the revised terms do not look sufficient to reverse the form on their own.

Trainer Meade has minded Snow Falcon, while his five rivals have had tough campaigns. He also goes well fresh, having previously won after breaks of 165 and 197 days. Everything looks in place for a big run, with the stable on a 25 per cent strike rate going into the Easter Festival.

Taking all that into account, it’s Snow Falcon who appeals most on the supporting card of Irish National day. He is thus readily put up as the NAP of these Fairyhouse Easter Monday betting tips for April 22 in a race where the opposition all have plenty to prove.

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Wicklow Brave the Strawberry selection

Willie Mullins has won the Grade 2 Irish Strawberry Hurdle (15:50) over 2m 4f in each of the last two seasons, and Wicklow Brave looks to have leading form claims of further enhancing his trainer’s record in the race. Now aged 10, this very useful dual purpose performer has Irish St Leger and Punchestown Champion Hurdle victories on his CV.

Wicklow Brave was only a distant seventh to Apple’s Jade in the Grade 1 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle over course and distance back in December, but he had been on the go all summer racing in both codes. He now meets Tipperary conqueror Joey Sasa on 8lb better terms for going down 1 1/2 lengths in a Grade 3 back in July.

That is a huge swing in weight and, although that one hasn’t run since, he has it all to do to confirm the form. Wicklow Brave has since demonstrated he retains plenty of ability following a deserved mid-winter break when runner-up to subsequent Champion Hurdle hero Espoir D’Allen in the Limestone Lad at Naas.

Big run at Cheltenham

He was only beaten 2 1/2 lengths by a horse half his age in that Grade 3 event and was then a gallant runner-up in the Coral Cup over 2m 5f at the Cheltenham Festival. Wicklow Brave got blindsided by a storming run from William Henry and was just caught on the line when going down by an unlucky short-head.

A repeat of either of his two latest efforts should be enough to see him involved in the finish. This is not a vintage renewal and, with only a 2lb official difference between Wicklow Brave and the top rated Petit Mouchoir, he looks value to win and gain compensation for two fine efforts.

With the likes of Tombstone, Rashaan and Not Many Left looking like they’ve got something to find, the main danger may come from the JP McManus owned Off You Go. It’s Wicklow Brave who is our next best bet among these Fairyhouse Easter Monday betting tips for April 22 in a weak-looking Grade 2.

Way Back Home a solid each-way bet

While dual course and distance winner Way Back Home faces no easy task giving weight all-round in the Grade 2 juvenile hurdle earlier on the card (14:40), that proven track form marks him down as a bit of each-way value.

Since a keeping on 3 1/2 lengths third to the exciting Gardens Of Babylon, who is fancied for this, the Padraig Roche trained son of Power has gone in twice at this venue. After comfortably landing a 16-runner maiden here in February, connections turned Way Back Home out again quickly and he took the step up into Grade 3 company in his stride.

He made all in the Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle and was five lengths ahead of fellow course and distance winner Authorizo, who re-opposes. Although 3lb worse off with that Gigginstown House Stud owned horse, Way Back Home still has a bit in hand on that one as he is rated 5lb superior.

While Spring Juvenile runner-up Gardens Of Babylon and Triumph second Coeur Sublime set obvious standards, the market for this is built around them. Way Back Home instead appeals to hit the frame and completes these Fairyhouse Easter Monday betting tips for April 22 as the each-way choice.

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