Who To Follow At Fairyhouse On Sunday - 09/04/2023

Fairyhouse - April 08 2023
Fairyhouse 15:20
Mark Walsh


J: Mark Walsh
T: W P Mullins
Age: 6
Weight: 11-12
OR: 140
Days: 25

The final handicap event of the afternoon is the Novice Handicap Chase over 2m 1/2f and although top weight Dinoblue, if jumping better is the clear selection.

A very smart mare last season over hurdles when bolting up on hurdles debut at Clonmel before going off favourite for the Mares Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival but ultimately spoilt her chances on the day when pulling too hard.

After that she went to Fairyhouse and finished a good fourth behind Brandy Love and Love Envoi in the Grade One Mares Novice Hurdle and then rounded off her season with another fair fourth behind Party Central at the Punchestown Festival in the Listed Mares Hurdle.

Sent chasing this term she made a stellar debut over the bigger obstacles when winning a Mares Beginners Chase at Cork on soft ground.

Since then she has been seen twice more finishing second to Impervious in a Grade Two Mares Novice Chase at Cork which looks strong form and then was second again when last seen at Naas behind the smart Magic Daze in the Listed Mares Opera Hat Chase.

Given a mark of 140 for the Grand Annual at the Cheltenham festival she looked the winner two out before smacking both the last two fences and somehow not falling she still stayed on for second.

Off the same mark in this race she has the capabilities to go close again, she just needs to jump better but can in what looks an easier race.


Trainer To Follow - Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins sends a superb team to Fairyhouse on the Sunday starting in the third event with Ashroe Diamond, Night And Day, Eabhe Grace, Lot Of Joy, Hauturiere, Nikini, Pink In The Park and Got Glory all holding chances.

In the Grade Two Paddy Kehoe Suspended Ceilings Novice Hurdle Parmenion looks a very progressive type but is short in the market for what he has done to date but Mullins also has The Gunner Yeats and Ho My Lord who aren't without a chance.

Hunters Yarn will be looking to put his run behind him in the County Hurdle as he steps back into Grade Two Company but Mullins also fields Hercule Du Seuil who held some strong form at the start of the season.

Dinoblue could be one of the Closutton trainers bet of the day into a handicap again off the same mark as her second at the Cheltenham festival and if jumping better should be tough to beat.

The race of the afternoon is the Fairyhouse Gold Cup and although Mighty Potter will take some beating, Mullins is extremely strong in the race with Appreciate It, Sir Gerhard, Flame Bearer, James Du Berlais, Adamantly Chosen and Authorized Art.

Mullins finished off the afternoon in the bumper with Grand Slam Slam for Gigginstown House Stud and this £170,000 purchase could turn out to be anything.

Jockey To Follow - Rachael Blackmore

Rachael Blackmore has picked up some decent rides across Sunday afternoon at Fairyhouse and it looks as though there could be a few horses that see her in the winners enclosure.

She starts in the opener on a potentially nice type for owner Robcour with Classic Lord putting up two fair fourths and is now looking to get his head in front.

Blackmore then rides the well weighted Arcland in the first handicap of the afternoon with a mark of 107 potentially lenient for a horse coming from the flat.

In the first Grade One of the afternoon she sits on the second string for Henry De Bromhead with Rioga Choice looking to run better than her odds suggest.

Deep Cave could be riders best chance of the afternoon in the smart Grade Two over 2m 4 1/2f with the gelding having some good form this term.

She then jumps back on Arctic Bresil in the Grade Two over 2m with the horse looking to build on his Cork victory and not his run in the Tolworth.

Blackmore then rides for Noel Meade in the Grade One Fairyhouse Gold Cup where Flanking Maneuver will be looking to pick up some place money.