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Fairyhouse preview and selections
04 Jul 2015 15:03
The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Brownstown Stakes is the feature race at Fairyhouse on Sunday and all eyes will be on recent Godolphin acquisition Majestic Queen. Tracy Collins' mare has tasted Group Three success already this year when winning at Lingfield and returns to this seven-furlong trip having run a cracker when third to Mustajeeb in the Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh. She should prove good enough to concede weight all round, although Byzantium appeals as the type who has yet to reach the ceiling of her ability, while Queen Nefertiti has her first start since contesting the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. Archangel Raphael looked a useful stayer in the making when winning at Galway last autumn and is a fascinating runner taking a marked step up in trip in the Children Under 18 Free Everyday At Fairyhouse Rated Race. He comes up against stablemate and impressive Navan debut winner Outspoken, but both will have to be smart in order to see off Dermot Weld's hat-trick seeker Edelpour. Weld is represented by classy dual-purpose performer Waaheb in the Cheaper Tickets Online At Fairyhouse.ie Handicap but his runners in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, Griko and Araner, might have their work cut out taking on the well-touted Curlylocks. Racing gets under way at 2.25 with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden and Fit For Function will be bidding to build on an encouraging introduction at Leopardstown. The Captain Gerrard colt ran much better than his finishing position suggests on that occasion and should be suited by dropping to six furlongs.
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Gussy Goose doesn't appear to have been too harshly treated following a 5lb rise for her Gowran Park success and she ought to go well again in the Book For Premier Jumps Weekend Handicap, but fellow recent winner Chillie Billie doesn't inspire the same level of confidence as he lines up in the Summer Ladies Day Handicap.
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