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Alderwood hopes for redemption at Fairyhouse

Updated: Friday, 14 Dec 2012 20:59 | Comments

Alderwood's mistake at the final fence at Navan proved costly last month
Alderwood's mistake at the final fence at Navan proved costly last month

Alderwood aims to get his career over fences back on track in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Beginners Chase at Fairyhouse on Saturday.

The Tom Mullins-trained eight-year-old won the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in the spring and went on to claim major novice events at Fairyhouse and Punchestown in April.

He was in the process of running creditably on his debut over the larger obstacles when slipping up after the final fence at Navan last month and the trainer does not believe that has knocked his stable star's confidence.

"We always look forward to him running and he seems in good shape," said Mullins.

"Hopefully things go better than they did the last day. He seems to have come out of that fall on the flat at Navan none the worse and he's in good shape.

"He jumps well and the ground should be all right for him, although I think we'd all prefer it a bit better than it is at the moment.

"It's a nice little race and there are two or three in there with a bit of form. We'll see how we get on."

Alderwood faces 10 rivals over two miles and a furlong, with Darwins Fox, Star Neuville and Terminal perhaps his biggest rivals.

Apt Approach gained Grade Two honours over fences last season but reverts to timber for his return to action in the Follow Fairyhouse On Twitter Rated Hurdle.

Willie Mullins' charge was last seen competing in the Guinness Gold Cup at the Punchestown Festival but is comparatively well treated in this sphere so, if fit enough, should have too much class for the likes of Gates Of Rome, The Bishop Looney and Uncle Tom Cobley.

The afternoon's action gets under way with the Christmas Party Raceday At Fairyhouse Mares Maiden Hurdle (12.15), in which Honey Bach goes jumping after managing only fourth when favourite for a Listed bumper at Navan.

Panther Claw has fared satisfactorilty in his two starts under Rules and, along with Carry Each Other, gives Gigginstown House Stud a strong hand in the New Value Hospitality Packages At Fairyhouse Beginners Chase.

Lascalahall has become a bit costly to follow since switching back to fences but will have his supporters again in the New Years Day 2013 At Fairyhouse Handicap Chase.

Carlowsantana did it well at Cork last weekend and tries to defy an 8lb rise in the Fairyhouse Membership 2013 Handicap Hurdle, while City Slicker offered some encouragement on his racecourse introduction and represents top connections in the concluding Merry Christmas From Fairyhouse (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race.

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