The first race at Fairyhouse that interests me is the mares handicap hurdle at 13.00 where Willie Mullins runs Jazzaway who stayed on strongly to be fourth on her last start at Naas behind Tiger Tap Tap who won since at Clonmel on Thursday.
We think she’s improved a bit since that run and races here with no penalty.
I think she’s a great chance.
The 2m 1f handicap Chase at 14.10 at Fairyhouse on Saturday is a competitive field and a strong gallop should be assured with Henry de Bromhead’s Ornua and Us and Them in the line-up. Terence O’Brien’s Articulum will be well fancied, while Willie Mullins’ Blazer drops right back in trip and that may be on the short side for him.
My dad, Ted, runs Kildorrery, who’ll be ridden stone-cold out the back by Denis O’Regan, but should be staying on well at the finish.
One that could be a bit of value though is Shane Nolan’s Charlie Stout who was slightly unlucky at Christmas when carried out in a handicap chase at Leopardstown.
He could be the each-way value.
The beginners chase is up at 14.45 and Willie Mullins runs Annamix and Voix Des Tiep.
The latter was disappointing at Navan last time out when jumping poorly before falling at the third last. The one that looks of real interest is Chosen Mate of Gordon Elliott’s. He was well fancied in last year’s Galway Hurdle, but got no luck in running and had a nice first run over fences behind Melon and the Gallant Joh Joe at Leopardstown.
He could be hard to beat.
The 2m INH Flat race wraps up the Fairyhouse card at 15.50 where Willie Mullins runs Five Bar Brian who is having his first start for the yard, having been second in a Newcastle bumper in 2017. Patrick Mullins rides.
The big danger could come from Arthur Moore’s stable, who don’t have many runners in bumpers, but The Priests Leap ran a cracker at Navan when third to Wide Receiver in early December and should be competitive again here.