1pt win Farclas W/O Apple's Jade @22/1, 13:25 Leopardstown, Saturday

Apple’s Jade has been the star of the season so far by winning two Grade 1s by wide margins, and she drops back to two miles for the first time in years to contest the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown.

I think she’ll beat Supasundae, Melon and her three Gigginstown teammates, and I’d love to see her go on to contest the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham instead of the lesser Mares’ Hurdle.

I suspect there’s a bit of value about Triumph Hurdle winner FARCLAS in the W/O Apple’s Jade market, as you can get 22/1 that he beats all bar her.

He comes into this after racing from 20-30 lengths off the pace on reappearance, which was his first try at a longer trip and when he’ll be entitled to need the run, and then falling early and tamely next time out, so hasn’t had much chance to show what he can do in his first season out of novice company.

History tells us five-year-olds do struggle in open company, but this is a good horse with any amount of improvement left in him.

1pt win Farclas W/O Apple’s Jade @22/1, 13:25 Leopardstown, Saturday (Bet365)

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