pursuit of a hat-trick, stars of the future making a name for themselves and
leading trainers looking to create more history.
all set up for a super Sunday of action on day two of the BARONERACING.COM
Winter Festival at Fairyhouse, with three Grade 1 races taking pride of place
on the afternoon’s card.
what lies in store from a tantalising treble…
Royal Bond Novice Hurdle (1.05pm)
up is a race which features on the CV of a whole host of legendary names.
Fly, Moscow Flyer and Hardy Eustace are among those to count the Royal Bond
among their triumphs and this year’s renewal sees the latest chance for a
statement of intent from a raft of promising contenders.
Elliott has won this race in each of the past two years, courtesy of Envoi
Allen and Ballyadam, and has entered Mighty Potter and Three Stripe Life in his
pursuit of three on the spin.
latter won over the same distance at Fairyhouse at the start of November while
Mighty Potter is one of six in the field yet to be beaten over hurdles.
has won this race more than Willie Mullins, who has three in the hunt as he
looks for Royal Bond victory number nine.
Warrior, Farout and Statuaire make up the Closutton challenge while Gavin Cromwell’s
My Mate Mozzie and Impervious, trained by Colm Murphy, are fresh from recent
Grade 3 wins at Navan and Down Royal respectively.
definitely deserves her chance in the race and we are looking forward to
running her,” Murphy said.
seems to be improving with every run. You are always hoping you come across a
nice one and we think she is.”
Drinmore Novice Chase (1.35pm)
of the last four Drinmore Novice Chase’s have gone the way of Elliott on his
local track and he has two in the running as he looks for a record-extending
Road was second on his chasing debut earlier this month and Grand Paradis is
looking for improvement after falling two from home on his first trip over
fences at Down Royal.
race was won impressively by Jessica Harrington’s Lifetime Ambition and she is
looking forward to seeing how her six-year-old fares among stiffer competition.
going to be a tough ask as it looks a very good race but he seems to have
improved for going chasing and he loves jumping,” she said.
Cromwell’s Gabynako is another with an eye-catching recent win, landing the
Irish National Hunt Steeplechase Committee Beginners Chase at Fairyhouse, while
Bleu Berry is Willie Mullins’ sole shot.
third of the dozen entries are trained by Joseph O’Brien, with Fire Attack,
Midnight Run and Global Equity flying the flag for Piltown. Beacon
Edge, for Noel Meade, completes the line-up.
Hatton’s Grace Hurdle (2.05pm)
day’s showpiece is headlined by Honeysuckle, Henry de Bromhead’s star mare who
remains unbeaten heading into her 14th run.
Bromhead reported her as in ‘great form’ earlier this week and she will now
seek to emulate Solerina and Apple’s Jade in winning three Hatton’s Grace
Hurdles in succession.
race marks a step back up in trip for the seven-year-old, who has not raced
over 2m4f since winning this contest last year.
in the field, Paul Nolan is looking forward to seeing how Latest Exhibition
fares on his return to hurdles, following a ‘disappointing’ chasing season last
won a beginners' chase and that's all […] but we retain a huge amount of faith
in him,” he said.
hasn’t many miles on the clock and I can't wait to see him back."
Mullins and Gordon Elliott, both three-time winners, have five entries between
them, with the former represented by Stormy Ireland and Saldier.
Abacadabras, withdrawn from the Morgiana Hurdle on the morning of the race, is
set for his first appearance of the season and is joined by stablemate Sire Du
Ronald Pump, Sams Profile and Skyace are also gunning for glory in a contest
worth €59,000 to the winner.