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11.35 - Fairyhouse Supporting Local Business Beginners Chase (2m)
It's a long old while since Duc D'Allier was spotted winning a Clonmel maiden hurdle in good style for Henry De Bromhead. That success came back in June 2018 on his second start and he's been off since. In the interim, he has been rehoused to Joseph O'Brien and, despite the layoff, he needs a betting check going chasing.
Gordon Elliott saddles Desire De Joie and Ardhill. Neither set the pulse racing on their hurdles form truth be told, though the Gigginstown runner looks best-placed of the pair.
Sil Ver Klass has done well on the Flat since his Galway mishap in the summer and could have a say for Tony Martin but WOLFOFALLSTREETS can build on his opening show over fences at Clonmel (2m, heavy) for Philip Rothwell.
He was fancied in the betting and jumped well enough on his way to finishing fifth. He handles the sort of testing ground forecast now and if building on that run should be on the premises.
Reine Free was third over C&D (yielding) in October on chasing bow and most recently took second spot at Down Royal (2m4f, soft) last month. The mare is in the mix despite the drop in trip not looking an obvious plus. She went close over C&D on heavy ground in her hurdling days.
12.10 - Follow Fairyhouse On Social Media Handicap Chase (2m5f)
Stoughlan Cross rolled back the years to win on last month's seasonal comeback at Navan (2m4f, heavy) at a fancy price of 40/1. He rather pinched an advantage from three out and was all out to hang on at the line. An 8lb rise is perhaps harsh on the 12-year-old.
More manageable may be the 6lb tacked onto Punchestown (2m4½f, heavy) scorer Hoke Colburn. He appeared to benefit from being ridden close to the pace that day and can have a say once more in that sort of scenario with his rider offsetting the increase.
Bitview Colin wasn't far behind him at Punchestown and can have a say if avoiding any mishaps, given he has come a cropper in both starts since.
Robin Deuz Pois is frustrating enough over fences and has ground to make up with Stoughlan Cross from Navan but Gordon Elliott's runner is respected.
This is a hard race to have strong confidence in but ASK MARY has shown promise over fences at times, most notably Navan (3m) and Limerick (2m6½f) last season. The latter run, a Grade 2 Mares' Novice second on heavy ground, would take her into the reckoning and she might get herself back on track in this.
12.42 - Bar One Racing Supporting Irish Injured Jockeys Maiden Hurdle (2m)
A weak enough maiden hurdle on paper and one where the benchmark is set by recent Limerick fourth Light Brigade. He might well have collected on hurdles bow at the same track bar a late fall (11/10 fav) and ran a solid race back there over Christmas on testing ground that bodes well for this afternoon.
It's far from an insurmountable standard however and preference is for the Gordon Elliott-trained hurdling newcomer PURDEY'S GIFT. The son of Camelot was a useful Flat winner in England for Andrew Balding and ran as the market suggested at Dundalk in November on debut for new connections after a layoff.
He should be ready for this jumping intro and has been found a nice starting point by his trainer.
Lyla Garrity is another hurdling newcomer with some scope while any money coming for John McConnell's Happaugue (also jumping for the first time) would take the eye.
Selection: Purdey's Gift
Next Best: Light Brigade
1.17 - Fairyhouse Racing From Home Webpage Hurdle (2m)
SIZING POTTSIE won a big handicap chase over C&D last month off a mark of 149. That was his second chase win around this circuit on heavy ground while he also bagged a Grade 3 novice at Navan last spring. He changes discipline here and while he was 0-3 (twice placed) over timber earlier in his career, he could be too good on these terms.
Percy Warner made a smooth winning debut under rules last month at Navan (2m, soft to heavy) and looks certain to offer plenty resistance for Gordon Elliott and Jack Kennedy now. The runner-up from that race readily won a maiden hurdle here last weekend while the distance third went close at Tramore on New Year's Day.
Low Sun was coming back from 575 days off when tailed off last month at Navan over 3m½f but he is a very useful and versatile performer for Willie Mullins (won the 2018 Cesarewitch at Newmarket) and could go very well if back on song now.
1.52 - Solerina January 30th Mares Maiden Hurdle (2m4f)
An Taibhse made a solid start over sticks at Limerick last month in similar conditions and should know more now for Henry De Bromhead and Rachel Blackmore. She'll have podium claims with improvement to come.
Gordon Elliott has two in the mix and Say Goodbye rates ahead of the frustrating Daphne Moon, who didn't appear to relish jumping last time. Jack Kennedy's mount ran as well as the betting suggested in a bumper here last month after a layoff and could have plenty more to offer now upped in distance and going over jumps on third start with a tongue-tie now added.
She was however behind CATHMART DESJY in that bumper here last time and Joseph O'Brien's mare could be the key. She handles give in the ground and has scope for better things now turning her attention to jumping. Like the Elliott mare, that was her first start of the season and it won't be any surprise if she kicks on from the podium finish.
2.25 - Fairyhouse Racecourse Maiden Hurdle (2m4f)
Far from disgraced (seventh) in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in March having won previously on heavy ground at Navan, JULIES STOWAWAY has made the frame in both hurdles starts this season at Galway and Punchestown. He was narrowly denied last time by a French import starting out for Willie Mullins (front two clear) and might be set for compensation with conditions of no concern now with a step up in trip looking a plus.
Homme D'un Soir represents the same ownership that denied the selection last time and this time it's Gordon Elliott hoping to down the Mags Mullins inmate. He, too, has twice placed thus far over timber and should continue to threaten.
After showing real promise at Leopardstown last Christmas on hurdles bow, Fun Light found only stablemate Battle Of Actium too strong on his return last month at Down Royal. Joseph O'Brien will anticipate another strong showing.
Buck's Billionaire represents the champion trainer and surely will have needed last month's return from two years off, don't underestimate his scope for better, while Ain't That A Shame is another possible improver for Henry De Bromhead.
3.00 - Fairyhouse Committee Handicap Hurdle Division 1 (2m4f)
Following a successful handicap debut over timber last month at Tramore (2m, heavy) BROSNA ROCCO should build on that despite being pushed up 7lb. He'd shown little enough in three runs previous to that but made smooth progress to challenge and won despite not meeting the final flight on a perfect stride. Fourth home Dangfeld has won since at Punchestown and there's perhaps more in the offing from this improving mare.
Former C&D winner Ballymadun must should top-weight and was poor here last month over a longer trip. His seasonal comeback over this trip however was far more encouraging and, with his rider now taking 7lb off from a sliding handicap mark, he's capable of making a splash.
Saddler's Cottage improved on handicap bow at Naas last month over a similar trip on heavy ground, making the frame in a 19-runner contest. JJ Slevin returns in the saddle now from what appears a workable mark and, with first-time cheekpieces in play, they are contenders for place money once more.
3.35 - Fairyhouse Committee Handicap Hurdle Division 2 (2m4f)
BELLANEY GEM is well-placed to land the finale for Stuart Crawford's yard. He has gone close in handicaps at Punchestown and Navan either side of a layoff and, with that comeback three weeks ago under his belt, looks amongst the more likely winners here.
Magic Piper has finished behind the selection twice and can give a solid account despite top-weight.
Calibrator put up a much-improved effort at Limerick (3m, heavy) in November in finishing third and may build on that now while teenagers The Grey Guy and Vodka Society aren't without some hopes.