Horse racing tips: 8 smashing fancies for Fairyhouse on Sunday

The Racing Post’s tipster has dived into the card at the Irish course.

A view of the race 1/12/2019


14:10 Grid @ 11/4

This is likely to be all about the newcomers and there are certainly plenty of interest.

Reve De Vol comes from a well-established Moyglare family and is doubly interesting as their first runner for Ger Lyons, while the well-bred Sword Zorro is clearly a very interesting newcomer for Jessica Harrington.

Joseph O’Brien’s juveniles are looking ever more forward having sent out two newcomers to win on Thursday at Bellewstown, and it might be worth taking a chance here with stoutly-bred newcomer GRID.

14:45 Afterglow

Three of these are rated in the 80s and Oh So True, Rosa Albertine and Zofar Zogood all make quite compelling cases, but this maiden could be ripe for an exposed filly to make a leap forward from their debut and the one who fits the bill is AFTERGLOW.

She was particularly eye-catching over shorter at the Curragh and should relish this extra stamina test.

Stall 18 is a big worry, but she still gets the vote. It would come as little surprise to see Maid’s Cap go very close too.

15:20 Druids Altar

Not the strongest of maidens, but competitive nonetheless. Silver Fox is interesting after one maiden run last year and Zanahiyr won’t be far away, while Ciel D’Afrique should come on for his Leopardstown debut last month.

However, the C&D maiden run last month may provide the key to this contest, and there seems little reason why the once-raced DRUIDS ALTAR (NAP) should not confirm placings with Phoenix Cowboy and a couple of others.

15:55 Silvertown @ 11/8

SILVERTOWN might only have won by three-quarters-of-a-length at Tipperary, but he was more impressive than that. He still looked to be learning his craft there, quite keen and then green, but had enough in the tank to score snugly.

A 9lb rise seems fair and there is surely more to come. Charlie Bassett has some classy juvenile form to his name and can be forgiven his comeback in a red-hot Leopardstown maiden.

He could have more to offer off a mark of 78, but will struggle to cope with the selection.


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16:25 Landing Zone

An open handicap and every chance can be given to the likes of Lieutenant Silver after winning at Leopardstown and Alexei Vronsky after landing a gamble at Roscommon.

Throw hat-trick seeking Happaugue into that mix too along with Roscommon runner-up Overheer despite the outside draw.

Sheila Lavery’s charges seem to be needing a run or two, and with a good Leopardstown run behind Lieutenant Silver under his belt, perhaps this is the time for LANDING ZONE to score if he can get into gear a bit quicker.

16:55 Future Gold

The weakest of the two divisions. The consistent Cache Queen sets a decent standard and Throwaway Line should improve for her latest Gowran effort.

It might be worth taking an each-way chance here with FUTURE GOLD, who ran well over further here last month and has even been dropped 2lb.

17:30 Speak In Colours

SPEAK IN COLOURS has never won over this far, but he was third in the Prix de la Foret over 7 furlongs last October, and a repeat of that will be more than good enough here.

He looked better than ever when taking a Group 2 at the Curragh over a furlong shorter last Sunday and Shane Crosse seems to have sussed how best to ride him.

Smash Williams was closing on the selection in the aforementioned race and is fancied to follow him home on this occasion.

18:00 Sunset Nova

SUNSET NOVA hit a purple patch around this time last year and he gets a tentative vote to erase the memory of a very tame effort over the minimum trip at the Curragh last month. This looks more his cup of tea.

Lincoln has to cope with the outside stall but has a chance, while handicap debutant Arnhem is another to consider.

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Fairyhouse tips summary:

14:10 Grid
14:45 Afterglow
15:20 Druids Altar
15:55 Silvertown
16:25 Landing Zone
16:55 Future Gold
17:30 Speak In Colours
18:00 Sunset Nova


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