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R1 11:30 Fairyhouse 28 Nov 2020
Jim Ryan Racecourse Services Beginners Chase (4YO plus)
Winner €7,500 - 11 declared to run - Draw Advantage: None
2m 5f 50y
Escaria Ten (FR) 260
Alpine Cobra 15
Oscar Thyne 54
MONKFISH was one of the leading staying novice hurdlers last season and now makes his eagerly awaited switch to fences. The Stowaway gelding was bought for a sizeable sum by present connections after winning a four-year-old point-to-point and scaled the heights over hurdles last season when showing good battling qualities to land the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham. Sams Profile is a worthy opponent. He beat Diol Ker in a Cragmore maiden (Monkfish pulled up) and was a smart novice over hurdles when runner-up twice in Grade 1 company. The Mouse Morris-trained gelding missed last season through injury but was jumping well on his reappearance until tipping up at the third last in Thurles. Diol Ker needs to improve his jumping while Ontheropes and Escaria Ten are other interesting rivals.
Albert Bartlett winner MONKFISH has always looked a chaser in the making, so this should prove no more than a formality before he moves on to bigger things. Escaria Ten, another ex-pointer, should also take well to fences, so he's the pick of the remainder ahead of Diol Ker.