Fairyhouse Focus on the Hurdles for Irish racing Today

We've four hurdle events at fairyhouse today, although we wil have to wait until the Chases are complete to enjoy our action. A ouple of short odds from Gordon Elliot, {aren't they always these days?] and then some better price to get involved with as the card draws to a close.


Christmas Parties At Fairyhouse December 16th Maiden Hurdle (5yo+, 2m, 16 runners)

We may have 16 runers due to go to post for the first maiden of the afternoon, but that doesnt mean the market isnt being dominated by one, and odds of just 1/3 are about all we will be getting for Gordon Elliots BLOW BY BLOW. The pice suggest he will belanding quite a blow in this company. The layers are taking no chance since his switch from Willie Mullins, after winning the Punhestown Champion Bumper last season, and if everything is right, he should win this at a canter as his hurdle career is begun. We are not going to advice backing at such a short price, but certainly to watch to see how he handles his hurdles, for future entries this season which include a novice event in a couple of weeks but not yet the Supreme Novices at Cheltenham. We shall see.


Fairyhouse Membership 2018 Now Available Mares Maiden Hurdle (4yo+, 2m 4f, 19 runners)

A maiden for Mares next up and again, we will not be getting a great price about the expected winner although at least odds against are available at around the 9/4 mark overnight. Another Bumper winner for Gordon Elliot, OSCO MOSCO ran a good second in novice company a couple of weeks ago and will be looking to get rid of a runner up tag that has now racked up a sequence of three and four in total since winning the bumper at Wexford in the summer. That tag is the only concern althouh this looks a very winnable event


I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle (4yo+, 2m 4f, 5 runners)

Just the 5 lining up for this Novice hurdle, and this time we can look away from the favourite as we concentrate on the chance of MINELLA BEAU from Willie Mullins who will be trying to usurp Gigginstown favourite Monkshood. This is no two runner race though with Aeglos making a fine reapeparence and progression might see him involved in the finish. Minella Beau, though, is taken to come through as victor on this ground with Townend taking over in the saddle from Ruby Walsh


Book Easter Festival Tickets Online At fairyhouse.ie Handicap Hurdle (80-95) (Div 1) (4yo+, 2m 4f, 17 runners)

As we move onto the handicaps for the afternoon, so the markets open up a bit, and we can find some at a price to play. Eoin Doyle's COTTONVALE actually comes into this handicap a maiden but has had some creditable finishes in the past in company slightly better than this. With a pound dropped off his back for the latest 6th place finish and the hood applied for the first time, it is quite concievable that he has a race of this nature within his capabilities, and as seen by prices he has been sent off in the past , he has not been unfancied previously. Around the 9/1 mark overnight.


Book Easter Festival Tickets Online At fairyhouse.ie Handicap Hurdle (80-95) (Div 2) (4yo+, 2m 4f, 17 runners)

Division 2 of the handicap provides us with another at a price in the form of Mark Fahey's COME HOME QUICK. A winner last time out when holding on over this trip at Wexford at an unfancied 16/1, the hood goes on today to presumably keep the focus if he is leading in the closing stages. It can't be claimed it was a much better race than this last time, but the fitting of the headgear today suggests there is something extra in the tank, and might be discovered by it's use. In an open race he looks a good option at a yet again unfancied price of 10/1

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