Arthur Moore bidding for poignant victory at Fairyhouse

Friday, Jan 11 2019

Brosna George would be an appropriate winner of the Fairyhouse Members 2019 Handicap Hurdle on Saturday.

The feature event of the afternoon is the 100,000 euro BetVictor Dan Moore Memorial Chase, named in honour of the late trainer who is best known for saddling L’Escargot to Cheltenham Gold Cup in both 1970 and 1971, as well as the 1975 Grand National at Aintree.

And it is his son Arthur Moore – who was champion trainer in Ireland in 1992 – who sends Brosna George into battle in the preceding race on this weekend’s card.

Moore has been down in numbers in recent seasons, but Brosna George has proved a welcome addition to his team, winning on his last two completed starts.

Moore went 17 months without a winner until this eight-year-old struck gold gold at Down Royal last November and having won again here the following month, he should be competitive again, despite a 9lb hike in the weights.

Seven horses oppose Brosna George, including the Gordon Elliott-trained Satoshi, who stayed on nicely to finish a never nearer fourth at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. He can also be expected to go close.

The BetVictor Irish Racing Hurdle is a potentially informative race, with the Joseph O’Brien-trained and JP McManus-owned Gardens Of Babylon fancied to follow up his recent winning hurdles debut at Punchestown on New Year’s Eve.

The ex-Ballydoyle inmate seems likely to progress and may have too much pace for Jessica Harrington’s Grade Two placed Got Trumped.

High-class hurdler Mitchouka bids for a first win over fences in the John Lynch Memorial EBF Beginners Chase.

Elliott’s charge is rated 140 over hurdles, but has not yet reached those heights over the larger obstacles.

However, he has run well enough behind Getabird and Paloma Blue on his two most recent starts to suggest he is up to winning a race of this nature.

After making a smart start over fences at Down Royal on St Stephen’s Day, Noel Meade’s Getaway Kid could be the answer to the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rated Novice Chase.

The Philip Dempsey-trained Caravation is tipped to win the opening Easter Festival Tickets (Mares) Maiden Hurdle, having shown up very well when second on her recent hurdles debut at Navan last month.

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