Drinmore Novice Chase Betting Tips: Delta Work the Fairyhouse Fancy

Drinmore Novice Chase betting tips from Horsebetting.com say Cheltenham Festival winner Delta Work is the one to be on in this 2m 4f Grade 1 at Fairyhouse after a taking debut over fences last time out. Le Richebourg is feared most after winning both his starts in this sphere. Delta Work’s Gordon Elliott stablemate Blow By Blow, meanwhile, looks the obvious each-way bet now dropping down in distance for this race on Sunday, 2 December. There’s more on on these horses below in our 2018 Drinmore Novice Chase betting tips preview.

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Delta Work
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Le Richebourg
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Blow By Blow
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Delta Work well up to winning Drinmore for Elliott

County Meath handler Gordon Elliott has won four of the last eight runnings of the Grade 1 Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse. He launches a three-pronged attack on this year’s renewal of the 2m 4f contest on Sunday (13:35), and the pick of his trio is Delta Work.

This five-year-old French import progressed over hurdles throughout a busy campaign last season and peaked at the Cheltenham Festival in March. Prior to that, Delta Work bolted up in a 2m Punchestown maiden by 20 lengths on his second start for Elliott and, following a break, placed in graded company on three occasions.

Although beaten 13 lengths by highly lauded stablemate Samcro in the second of those over this trip at Navan, he plugged on to finish third and just three-quarters of a length behind the re-opposing Jetz. Delta Work was then far from disgraced when chasing home mudlark Fabulous Saga in a Grade 2 at Limerick.

Finest hour in Pertemps Final

Powerful owners Gigginstown House Stud then changed tack and sent him down the handicapping route. After just missing out on third and finishing 3 3/4 lengths behind Total Recall in a Grade B affair at Leopardstown, Delta Work placed in a Pertemps qualifier and punched his ticket to Cheltenham.

The Pertemps Final is as competitive as staying handicap hurdles get in the UK and launched the career of Ireland’s leading Cheltenham Gold Cup contender Presenting Percy 12 months beforehand. In this year’s renewal, Delta Work raced in midfield before making headway two out.

Davy Russell then found he was denied a clear run, so switched him approaching the last where he hit the front. Delta Work then had to be driven all the way up the Cheltenham hill and toughed it out in really gutsy fashion, prevailing by a nose from favourite Glenloe.

Strong Punchestown Festival form

Gigginstown decided to go in at the highest level with him at the Punchestown Festival on his final start of the campaign. Had Delta Work been more fluent at the last, then he might’ve got up and landed the 2m 4f Champion Novice Hurdle, but was just held a neck by Next Destination.

That is very strong form as the third hose home, Kilbricken Storm, landed the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival. It’s also worth remembering Delta Work had Jetz, Discorama and Blow By Blow all in-behind him and well-beaten here.

All those re-opposing rivals have work to do on that hurdles run, then, and there was lots to like about Delta Work’s chase debut on reappearance at Down Royal last month. He was allowed to dictate the pace and largely jumped well, rallying after the last to lead in the final 50 yards and score by three-quarters of a length.

This demands more but, with Russell once again taking the ride, Delta Work can take this en route to bigger and better things. At the odds on offer, he appeals most and so heads our 2018 Drinmore Novice Chase betting tips.

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Le Richebourg feared most

Another of Ireland’s leading owners JP McManus has used this race to run some of his most exciting prospects over fences. In recent years, the likes of Carlingford Lough, Anibale Fly and Coney Island have all turned out in it. His sole representative this year is Le Richebourg, who is two from two in chases and thus feared most.

The Joseph O’Brien trained five-year-old is a younger half-brother to Delta Work. Le Richebourg’s hurdles career wasn’t anything like as illustrious as his sibling despite being highly tried. After placing in two bumper starts, he landed back-to-back events at Killarney and then an age restricted race at the 2017 Galway Festival.

Le Richebourg then had the rest of the summer off, and shaped as if in need of the run on this card 12 months ago when a 23 lengths sixth to Mengli Khan in the Grade 1 Royal Bond Novice Hurdle. Although improving for that outing when second to Whiskey Sour during the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown, he was again well-beaten and the beneficiary of all sorts of incidents in-running.

Mengli Khan dived out between the wings of the second last, and two other rivals came to grief at the final flight. Le Richebourg was then over 20 lengths down in eighth behind Samcro at the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival and 15th in the Grade 3 County Hurdle at Cheltenham.

More to like since switched to fences

There was more to like about his final start over hurdles, however, when fifth in the ultra-competitive Grade A Galway Hurdle this summer. The winner, Sharjah, has come out and won a Grade 1 Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown, while the fourth horse home Bedrock stunned Samcro in the WKD Hurdle at Down Royal last month.

Le Richebourg has done precious little wrong since in those two outings over fences. After winning a beginners event at Listowel in September, he stepped back into graded company and ran out a readu seven-length victor at Tipperary over this distance.

This is a big upgrade on that, but it’s worth remembering all five rivals who contested that Grade 3 had won at least their previous chase outing. With McManus’ retained rider Barry Geraghty again aboard, a bold bid looks assured and our 2018 Drinmore Novice Chase betting tips highlight this respected rival.

Blow By Blow an obvious each-way bet

There are a few in the 11-runner field with each-way claims, but the most obvious is the aforementioned Blow By Blow. Also trained by Elliott for Gigginstown, the seven-year-old has Grade 1 winning bumper form from his days with Willie Mullins and made up for a year-and-a-half on the sidelines thereafter last season.

Blow By Blow needed a stayers’ trip of 2m 7f to break the maiden tag over hurdles at the third time of asking and, although well-beaten in Grade 1 company, also scored twice when eased in grade. After landing a Grade 3 over this trip at Thurles, he put in a prominent to display around Cheltenham to follow-up in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at the Festival.

Although a rival joined him two out, Blow By Blow simply found more and shrugged him off, running on really well under joint-top weight. Based on this display, he has nothing to fear from the re-opposing runner-up Discorama, who he beat by five lengths, as they now meet off 8lb better terms.

Authoritative chase debut

That Cheltenham display took its toll as Blow By Blow was only fourth when quickly turned out here in a Grade 2 and rounded off the campaign with that run behind Delta Work at Punchestown. Although bolting up by 17 lengths and making all on his chase debut at Galway over 2m 6f on reappearance, he was then outbattled when back up in grade and held a neck by Some Neck.

Blow By Blow shirked the battle somewhat and the game winner may have been value for more than the winning margin. This defeat at Punchestown in the Grade 2 Florida Pearl has dented his reputation, but Elliott fits him with a visor for the first time here and drops him back in trip.

As he’s two from four outings over this distance, however, Blow By Blow has showed himself to be effective at it. Jack Kennedy is also back on board; so, at the odds on offer, he looks a very solid bet to make the frame and thus completes our 2018 Drinmore Novice Chase bettings tips as the each-way selection.

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