12/1 Sweeney Tunes an Irish National cracker

The big betting race of the day is the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse (4.50) and Sweeney Tunes makes plenty of appeal at 12/1.

Paul Nolan’s charge always looked the type who would make a better chase than a hurdler and has progressed nicely since being switched to the larger obstacles.

After easily winning a beginners chase at Thurles he shaped better than a 31 lengths he was beaten suggests when third to Back In Focus at a Grade 2 contest at Punchestown and then ran a cracker on his handicap debut when narrowly failing by a head to overhaul Farrell’s Fancy at Leoparstown off a mark of 132.

He then put in his best performance to date last time out in a Grade 2 contest at Naas over 2m 4f where he stayed on strongly to easily beat Charlies Vic by 3 1/2 lengths.

The winner has gone on to score again since, and the 147 rated Mikael D’Haguenet – who finished a further 4 1/4 lengths behind in third ran a solid race to be third in yesterday’s Grade 1 Powers Gold Cup.

That gives the form a solid look and makes Sweeney Tunes look nicely weighted off a mark of 140.

The seven-year-old also shapes as if he will come into his own in stamina tests, and today’s 3m 5f trip should be right up his street.

He also remains unexposed over fences, and novices have a good record in this event.

The fact that Davy Russell has decided to side with him over the likes of Magnanimity and Panther Claw also speaks volumes, and another plus is that he has been brought along steadily and trained with this race specifically in mind.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts each-way Sweeney Tunes (12/1 Paddy Power – BOG, 1/4 odds 1,2,3,4,5)

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