Capri Could Flourish Up In Trip At Fairyhouse

River Dun was unfortunately a non-runner earlier due to her getting cast in her box. Hopefully she came away unscathed and gets to race another day. She is one to keep an eye out for on her next couple of starts, particularly if Kieron Edgar is booked for the ride.

McLoughlin has a few with chances at Fairyhouse.

Tomorrow’s fancy goes at Fairyhouse, and I think Larry Capri could run a big race upped to 3m in the handicap chase at 3.30. The going will be testing, and that should suit this dual heavy ground point to point winner on just his second handicap chase start.

Young Danny Hand takes off a valuable 7lbs, and he rode a good winner for McLoughlin earlier this season. He gave this 8yo son of Beneficial a pretty easy time at Punchestown on his handicap chase debut off 102, and he has been dropped to 101 after finishing 5th, beaten 30+L for the win, but only 2L behind the 3rd, who re-opposes today. I think he can reverse that form over this further trip.

Larry Capri won a couple of point to points on heavy and soft ground in his younger days, and he remains lightly raced for an 8yo. He fell on his first couple of beginner’s chases, but it was much better on his final beginner’s chase run when he was 4th over an inadequate trip of 16f behind Yorkhill.

Hand was in no hurry to put Larry Capri into the race at Punchestown (20f hvy) on his handicap debut, and when the horse did make ground in the middle part of the race, he saw fit to rein him back and allow the eventual principals to pull clear. He stayed on well in the closing stages to finish a never nearer 5th and, to my eyes at least, he shaped as though 24f would be ideal.

There has already been a plunge on another one of McLoughlin’s entries on Wednesday (Uptake in the 2.20), but at just 6/1 the value has probably gone. Larry Capri is a much more appealing price at 18/1 and, at those sort of odds, he looks worth backing each way in a race that lacks strength in depth.


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