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Harry Fry doubles up at Fairyhouse
31 Mar 2015 16:04
Harry Fry is set to be double-handed in the Irish Stallions Farms EBF Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse this weekend after confirming both Bitofapuzzle and Desert Queen for the Easter Sunday Grade One.
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Bitofapuzzle ran a tremendous race in defeat when a close third in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, while Desert Queen is set for a significant step up in class following impressive displays at Sandown and Fontwell.
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A strong British contingent also includes the Alan King-trained The Pirate's Queen and Peter Bowen's Rons Dream.
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Fry said: "Bitofapuzzle has come out of Cheltenham very well and she seems to be in good order. She was only beaten a head and a neck at Cheltenham and the plan is to run at Fairyhouse on Sunday.
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"It will be a competitive race and she'll take her chance, as will Desert Queen who has looked impressive winning her two novice hurdles very easily.
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"This will represent a big step up in class for her, but there isn't another Grade One mares' novice hurdle between now and the end of the season, so she'll run as well.
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"Noel Fehily will ride Bitofapuzzle while I'd say Nick Scholfield will ride Desert Queen."
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Willie Mullins has won the last two renewals with Annie Power and Adrianna Des Mottes and this year's five-strong team is headed by the unbeaten Morning Run and impressive Sandown scorer Uranna.
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Carrigmoorna Rock has struck at Listed and Grade Three level this season for Robert Tyner, but was pulled up in a race won by Morning Run at the track in January.
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"She goes for the big novice on Sunday and she seems to be in good form again," said Tyner.
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"This race has been the plan for her for a while and hopefully she'll run a big race."
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