may be the home of the Irish Grand National but there is more to Fairyhouse
than that and Sunday sees the Meath venue play host to a very interesting Flat
feature is the Group 3 Brownstown Stakes, won previously by high-class fillies
of the calibre of Fiesolana and Ainippe.
won for Roger Varian in 2017 and there are three cross-channel challengers in
the form of Heavenly Holly for Hugo Palmer, who calls on Billy Lee to do the
navigating, Indian Blessing for Ed Walker, who has the ageless Gerald Mosse
steering, and Perfection, trained by Tipperary native David O’Meara and ridden
by Shane Foley.
O’Brien is triply represented, with Fire Fly the highest rated and ridden by
his son Donnacha, while Black Magic Woman is chasing a hat-trick of wins for
young trainer Jack Davison and jockey Gary Halpin.
Halford and Ronan Whelan combine with Surrounding, who is the highest-rated
filly. The six-year-old daughter of Lilbourne Lad has been a model of
consistency this term and may be the one they all have to beat.
finds his feet
Fogarty is a trainer who has made an impact this season, with three winners
from 19 runners already on the Flat in Ireland and one from three in Britain,
having previously failed to register one in three previous terms with runners
on the level.
Kilfeacle conditioner had been more successful in the National Hunt sphere
however, with 11 triumphs, three of which came last year from just 23 runners.
has been aided this term by the decision of Theresa and Con Marnane to run a
handful of their horses on native turf, having enjoyed so much success with
their French contingent.
only runner this weekend however is over the larger obstacles. Robin On The
Hill takes his place in the Handipak Play Live on 25th July
Beginners Chase (5.05) at Limerick tomorrow, with Luke Dempsey getting the leg
and bred by Aidan’s father Joe, who held the training licence before him, Robin
On The Hill won a handicap hurdle in Punchestown comfortably on good ground
last January, and was first past the post in Wexford 12 months ago before being
is probably best to adopt a watching brief on debut over fences after a
four-month lay-off but with Fogarty clearly knowing the time of day, it is a
brief that might yield dividends.
mixes it up
Mullins has enjoyed a very good start to his training career, in both codes.
Being a small operator, he cannot afford to have a retained jockey of course
and has to shop around for the best pilot he can find.
first cousins who are among the premier exponents in the land is a help and
Patrick rides many of his bumper horses, along with Rose Dudfield.
are no bumper runners this weekend but the five runners will be ridden by four
Hayes is the only pilot employed on the double, being called into action at
Sligo on Sunday, on Argent Et Or in the Durkin Bros Electrical Maiden Hurdle
(2.15) and The Last Emperor in the Taylor Construction & Civil Works Maiden
is also represented in the latter contest by Pilbara, who will have another
cousin, Danny in the plate.
it is David’s turn to get the nod, on board Lambs Lane in the Handipak Play
Live On 25th July Beginners Chase (5.05).
the Flat, Emmet has secured the services of classic-winning jockey Chris Hayes
once more for Percy B Shelley in the Summer Evening Racing 17th July
Handicap (5.30) at Fairyhouse on Sunday. The pair combined for victory in
Gowran Park earlier this year and ran well when fourth last time out. Off the
same mark, they could go close.