Meetings:

A GALAXY of stars go on parade at Fairyhouse and this card traditionally throws up Cheltenham festival winners.

Fairyhouse 1.00

The Royal Bond Novice Hurdle has been won by the likes of Hurricane Fly, Dunguib, Jezki and Nichol's Canyon in recent years and last year's champion bumper Envoi Allen is a short price to build on his impressive hurdling debut success at Down Royal. This is a very hot contest with an each-way shape to it if you don't fancy taking the odds about the ‘jolly'. Besides the favourite, Gordon Elliott saddles ABACADABRAS (1.00) with solid ew claims.

He showed good speed throughout in the Champion Bumper, only to fade into fourth spot. Envoi Allen's stamina kicked in up the hill at Cheltenham (he will stay further than today's two miles) but Abacadabras has the engine to get him off the bridle before the home turn.

Joseph O'Brien has another each-way contender in Midnight Run, an emphatic winner at Cork a couple of weeks ago when thumping the Willie Mullins-trained Colreevy. The fact Colreevy beat Abacadabras a length at Punchestown in April (received 7lb) underlines the merit of that form. Embittered finished fourth and has since won a maiden hurdle. It promises to be an exciting contest.

Fairyhouse 1.30

The Drinmore Novice Chase also falls into that bracket with heavyweights FAKIR D'OUDAIRIES (1.30) and Samcro fighting it out for favouritism.

Gordon Elliott has won four of the last six renewals and his roll of honour includes subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack. Samcro posted a Cheltenham festival success in the 2018 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle but his progress has been blighted by a string of dirty scopes. Elliott had him in tip-top condition for his first start over fences when romping home at Down Royal last month and Samcro's career could be ready for take-off once again.

He meets a severe rival of Fakir D'oudairies, with this step up to 2m 4f sure to suit. Joseph O'Brien sent him to Cheltenham with a big shout in the last season's Supreme Novices' Hurdle but he became outpaced coming down the hill before staying on into fourth. Pentland Hills took his measure (by a neck) at Aintree the following month but Fakir D'oudairies looked a natural over fences when striding clear of Melon at Navan last month. A four-year-old has never won the Drinmore but in receipt of 8lb from Samcro he gets the nod.

Willie Mullins is doubly represented by Irish Grand National winner Burrows Saint and the ex-Nicky Henderson stayer Chef Des Obeaux, so he will want to make it a suitable stamina test over this shorter distance.

Fairyhouse 2.40

The Hatton's Grace Hurdle is another intriguing affair, with Apple's Jade seeking a historic fourth straight victory. She didn't fire on all cylinders towards the end of last season and a tame comeback second to Bacardys at Navan suggested we may have seen the best of her. It may be folly writing off the Elliott-trained star but she will do well to contain young pretender HONEYSUCKLE (2.40).

This mare is unbeaten in five races for Henry de Bromhead, four of them coming here at Fairyhouse, and Honeysuckle has looked the real deal. This is the acid test, with 2018 Stayers' Hurdle victor Penhill, returning from a 584-day absence, not out of things if Willie Mullins has him back to his best.

The bumper should also be informative. Envoi Allen won it 12 months ago and Ferny Hollow carries the same Cheveley Park Stud colours. The betting market is always worth checking but bookmakers were taking no chances last night, marking him up a 4-5 shot. He doesn't make much appeal at that price but may drift to more tempting odds before the off.

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17 Comments
  1. coop192 2 weeks ago

    Posted last night, prices might of changed. See write ups on yesterday’s thread.

    Cracking Card at Fairyhouse, 3 Grade 1 Races some very good SORTS out today with plenty to prove.

    1.00 F Darver Star 40/1 E/W

    2.05 F Out Sam 14/1 E/W Aherlow 12/1 E/W. 2 against the field most firms paying 4.

    3.10 F Morga 66/1 E/W Mister Blue Sky 25/1 E/W. 2 against the field most firms paying 4.

    • coop192 2 weeks ago

      2.40 Davids Charm 12/1 E/W BET365 3 places.

    • Poppa 2 weeks ago

      Nice EW Coops Cheers

    • coop192 2 weeks ago

      No worries Poppa, did you read yesterday’s thread, picked 1-2-3- in that order. Paid 39.5o Euro’s, do me any day of the week.

    • Poppa 2 weeks ago

      Sorry must have missed it but that is blinding tipping mate Too class

  2. double carpet 2 weeks ago

    Brilliant fairyhouse card today, wish I was going but been dragged Christmas shopping instead.

    I’ve just had 1 bet

    Pagans Rock 28/1 ew 4 places 3.10

    3.10
    PAKENS ROCK easily won a good ground 2m4f bumper under Derek O’Connor a year ago before running in behind Midnight Run and Envoi Allen at Navan .
    Three hurdle runs around 2m4f followed before dropping to 2m and winning a Galway maiden (form nothing special) . A month later he won a novice hurdle there too , 11L ahead of Drop The Anchor (won nice Punchestown race nto) and Anything Will Do (won 2 on the bounce since , most recently had Poseidon back in 3rd at Punchestown who easily won a Limerick maiden on Friday) .

    BOL

  3. elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

    Sunday.
    Apple’s jade 2-40 fairyhouse 11-4 NAP.

    Could be a last chance saloon for her as another poor run and I don’t see where they go with her after.
    Hoping this race which she has won 3 times rejuvenates her.
    She lost 9 lengths to bacardys last time but gets the 7lb allowance today which is a plus.
    If apple’s jade does rediscover form penhill could be a danger if fit after a long absence.

    Bonkers bet.
    Somme soldier 3-40 fairyhouse.
    60-1 6 places.
    28-1 9 places.
    Bet 365 Ew extra.

  4. azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

    dinard rose 12.30 soviet pimpernel 1.00 chef des obeaux 1.30 raz de maree 2.05 penhill 2.40 well done all winners yesterday

  5. theplug 2 weeks ago

    the big 3 for me today
    envoi allen
    samcro 7/4
    honey suckle 7/4

  6. Crawmeister 2 weeks ago

    Following the big e/w shouts today on thread.
    Great start with Darver Star 40/1.
    Well done Coopster.

    • coop192 2 weeks ago

      no worries cheers 40/1 1/5 odds is a 8/1 winner do me .

  7. Wildhorse 2 weeks ago

    Fairyhouse & Each Way

    R . 4 :: Killer Miller

    R . 5 :: Bacardys

    • coop192 2 weeks ago

      nice wildhorse.

    • Wildhorse 2 weeks ago

      Nice one for me with Killer Miller , after a bad run last days , Honeysuckle , show today , she is a special horse , I m hope she go her way to the Cheltenham festival , think the Mares Hurdle will be a good option

      Nice Sunday !!

  8. coop192 2 weeks ago

    something special that honeysuckle

  9. coop192 2 weeks ago

    Nothing from me for the next 3 weeks lads, flying out to Canary Islands early Tuesday morning. Be back Boxing Day for the kempton Park meet.

    • Poppa 2 weeks ago

      Enjoy

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