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Fairyhouse preview

Updated: Saturday, 18 Jan 2014 16:17 | Comments

Fairyhouse gets under way at 12.50
Fairyhouse gets under way at 12.50

The Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle features at Fairyhouse and Willie Mullins has a very strong hand in the Grade Three contest.

The County Carlow handler won the corresponding race 12 months ago with Ceol Rua and this year relies on ex-French duo Vicky De L'Oasis and Gitane Du Berlais.

The latter left her debut for the yard behind when making all with ease in a Listed event at Aintree and the promising filly gets plenty of weight from her rivals as the only four-year-old.

Vicky De L'Oasis won her first two starts in Ireland before only managing third in Listed company at Newbury, but she is the choice of Ruby Walsh.

Theatre Bird looks the biggest threat to the Mullins pair as her Grade Three victory at Leopardstown over Christmas has been boosted by runner-up Caoimhe's Delight going close in a Grade Two at Thurles on Thursday.

Mullins and Walsh have a good chance to get the day off to a winning start in the Fairyhouse Schooling Races Maiden Hurdle (12.50) courtesy of Daneking, whose two placed efforts over hurdles so far are working out well.

Interesting newcomer Most Peculiar could book-end the card with winners for the champion trainer in the Buy Tickets On-Line At fairyhouse.ie (Pro/Am) Flat Race, but Gordon Elliott will be hoping two-time runner-up Lord Scoundrel can put his experience to good use.

Majala landed a Grade Two as a novice and catches the eye in the Underwriting Exchange Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase as the sole representative on the card for Gloucester trainer Tom George.

It is an open affair, though, and giving weight to the likes of the Tony Martin-trained Savello, the downgraded Art Of Logistics and Turban, another from the in-form Mullins yard, will be no easy task.

Tony McCoy makes the trip for four rides and his best chance may be Hurricane Sky, who has shown promise in two outings since returning to hurdles, in the Fairyhouse For Fundraisers Handicap Hurdle.

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