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                Fairyhouse - Sunday - 15th January

Nap of the day – Dysios (2.30)

1.00 – Barra - Book Easter Fairyhouse Tickets At Fairyhouse.ie Mares Maiden Hurdle – Win

Barra had race favourite Castello Sforza behind her when runner-up to the promising Joey Sasa at Leopardstown late last month and looks the one to side with. She had earlier finished second to Invitation Only at Gowran Park in November and as that was her first run in over a year, she could still be open to some improvement. Kate Appleby Shoes looked a smart bumper performer last season but she was beaten at odds-on on her first start over hurdles at Limerick a few weeks back. Of course she too could improve for that as it was her outing since March while Good To Flow is back over hurdles after a grand effort behind Miss Sapphire in a bumper at Limerick and might be next best. Magic Of light and So Sorry Sarah also make some appeal.

 

Exacta – 2-7

Trifecta – 2-7-5

 

1.30 – Mengli Khan - Buy Your Great Value Annual Fairyhouse Membership Maiden Hurdle – Win

 

Mengli Khan looks a fair recruit to the jumping game and could go well on his first start for new connections. He has arrived from Hugo Palmer for whom he won two races on the Flat and when last seen finished fourth in a high-class handicap over 12 furlongs at Goodwood in October. He went into the race with a rating of 96 and could be a match for A Year To Remember who was rated 89 at his best on the level and who finished third to Dakota Moirette on his first start over hurdles at Punchestown on New Year's Eve. He can improve on that and might be the one for the Exacta ahead of hurdling newcomers Ex Patriot, Successor and Theydon Park. 

 

Exacta – 7-1

Trifecta – 7-1-3

 

2.00 – Returntovendor - Follow Us On Social Media Handicap Hurdle – Each/Way

 

Returntovendor built on good runs at Thurles and Limerick last month to win in convincing fashion at Tramore on New Year's Day and perhaps he can go in again. He is up 8lbs for his 14 length success over Samanntom and should be competitive off his new mark. Another to win when last seen was Logical Song and he has a 7lbs hike in the ratings to manage after his popular success at Cork a month ago. Secrets Safe was a winner at Limerick at the start of December and is another to consider while both Supreme Steel and There You Go are also worth a second look.

 

Exacta – 9-1

Trifecta – 9-1-16

 

2.30 – Dysios - Bar One Racing Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase – Win

English raider Baltimore Rock is likely to improve on his only run to date this season and this useful sort should go well on his favoured ground having struggled to compete with the likes of Douvan on a couple of occasions last season. Pairofbrowneyes is admirably consistent and may just have found the 2m3f trip slightly too far when third at Limerick last time so this shorter distance is sure to suit while last year’s third in this race, Guitar Pete, tries again from a similar rating although he has yet to really convince over fences to date. Ball D’Arc suffered interference when third at Leopardstown over Christmas and is definitely one of the more likely winners here while Jarry D’Honneur did show a lot more when a fair fifth on his latest start and has to be taken seriously. However, perhaps the likeable Dysios can prove best. He certainly would not want to see any more rain over the weekend but his close second at Leopardstown on St Stephen’s Day reads well and he gets the vote to take today’s feature prize in what looks a really competitive contest.

 

Exacta: 9 - 7

Trifecta: 9 - 7 - 4

 

3.00 – Townshend - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase – Win

Possibly not as strong a beginners’ event compared to most of those that have been run this season and Townshend looks capable of winning it on his chasing and seasonal debut. He has not raced since comfortably landing a novice hurdle at Perth last April having earlier shown decent form in handicap grade here in February. Ballyoisin was in the process of running a big race when coming down at the fourth last fence over this course on New Year’s Day and this promising sort is a likely danger to the selection if jumping round safely today. A Great View has shaped with some promise on his two steeplechase starts to date and can figure prominently but would need to step up a bit to actually win this while Clonalig House did not run badly when fourth in a Leopardstown novice handicap hurdle over the Christmas period and could be one to note in the betting exchanges.

 

Exacta: 10 - 2

Trifecta: 10 - 2 – 1

 

3.30 - Inis Meain – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rated Novice Chase

Not an easy race to sort out and perhaps Inis Meain might be worth siding with. A talented sort on the level and over hurdles, he would have reached the frame but for falling late on in the race won by Undressed at Limerick in late December where the testing ground was probably against him. His earlier form when runner up at Tipperary and when third at Listowel suggests he should go very close here. Laid Back Luke has definite claims on his overall form. Runner up at Clonmel in December, he was facing stronger company when a fair fourth at Punchestown last time over three miles and this shorter trip should be more in his favour. The only previous winner over fences is Catalaunian Fields who won at Tramore on New Year’s Day and he can figure while Goulane Chosen is a pretty consistent sort with definite each way claims on the balance of his overall displays. Motown Bob is experienced over fences and can make his presence felt in an open looking contest.

 

Exacta: 6 - 7

Trifecta: 6 - 7 – 5

 

4.00 - Oakley Hall - Next Racing Jan 25th (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race – Win

Oakley Hall shaped with distinct promise when chasing home his better fancied stablemate Broken Soul in a Down Royal bumper on St Stephen’s Day and is taken to go one better today. That looked a reasonable contest and improvement is likely from the selection who has Jamie Codd taking over from a 7lbs claimer today. Moyross ran well when third to a strongly supported favourite at Leopardstown in late December and rates an obvious threat with improvement likely while another with solid form claims is My Champers who chased home a decent looking type at the same meeting which represented a big improvement on his Punchestown debut a few weeks earlier. Indrik has reached the frame on his last two starts but would probably need to step up on those efforts to get very involved while any market moves for the likes of Valiant Vixen or Psychedelic Rock would be worth monitoring.