DAVY RUSSELL EXCLUSIVE BLOG: Fairyhouse Sunday

It was nice to get a winner on Saturday’s Fairyhouse card with Gringo D’aubrelle for Gordon (Elliott) in the maiden hurdle. He was very gutsy in the closing stages on what was his first race over hurdles.

The action moves on to Fairyhouse on Sunday where there is some cracking racing to look forward to. There are plenty of big reputations going on the line and there are bound to be plenty of bubbles burst. I’ve got some really nice rides to look forward to.

Here are my thoughts on those rides:

SUNDAY

FAIRYHOUSE

12.35pm FIL DOR Bar One Racing Price Boost Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 3) (3yo) 2m

My first ride of the afternoon is Fil Dor in the grade three juvenile hurdle. We were delighted with him the last day in Down Royal where he did the job nicely (pictured below). I had feared he may just have needed that first race nut he was really strong at the finish. He has felt great at home since and we are very hopeful he can step up again. This is obviously a bigger test with the likes of Lunar Power and the newcomer Max Mayhem in opposition. However, we go here with every chance and hopefully he can build on his debut run and head on to better things.

1.05pm THREE STRIPE LIFE BARONERACING.COM Royal Bond Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo+) 2m

There are eight runners for the first of the grade one races and I’m looking forward to partnering Three Stripe Life. He made a really pleasing start to life over hurdles here in Fairyhouse the last day when beating Hans Gruber by six lengths. He’d shown a decent level of form in bumpers last season including when fourth in the Champion Bumper. Gordon also sends out Mighty Potter who will be ridden by Brian Cooper. He won well in Down Royal last month and looks a huge danger. There are plenty in the field to fear with the likes of My Mate Mozzie and Impervious both setting the bar pretty high. I mentioned above that there will be some bubbles burst and this looks like one of those races. They can’t all win!

1.35pm GRAND PARADIS BARONERACING.COM Drinmore Novice Chase (Grade 1) (4yo+) 2m 4f

Next up I partner Grand Paradis, again for Gordon. He was running a super race behind Lifetime Ambition in Down Royal when falling two out. He had jumped nicely to that point and has schooled well at home since. That said, it is never easy to come to a grade one like this on the back of a fall and life will be tough against the likes of Lifetime Ambition again and Gabynako who both won impressively last time out.

2.05pm MILAN NATIVE BARONERACING.COM Porterstown Handicap Chase (Grade B) (5yo+) 3m 5f

I ride Milan Native for Gigginstown and Gordon in the handicap Chase. He has plenty of real decent form in his back catalogue and that’s why he has to carry 11 stone 4 here. If he can produce some of that form that saw him win the Kim Muir at Cheltenham back in 2020 or even when he beat Discorama in Galway he would take some beating. However it will be no easy task off his current mark. Looking at the others and stablemate Coko Beach with Jack Foley taking off a useful five looks a serious contender.

2.40pm ABACADABRAS BARONERACING.COM Hatton’s Grace Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo+) 2m 4f

The feature race of the day is the Hatton’s Grace hurdle which sees the return of the mighty Honeysuckle. She is a serious mare who remains unbeaten in all 12 starts under rules. She was magnificent last season winning at both the Cheltenham and Punchestown festivals and sets a really high standard here. I partner Abacadabras, again for Gordon and Gigginstown who will have his work cut out giving seven pounds to a mare like Honeysuckle. Don’t get me wrong Abacadabras is no slouch himself having won the grade one in Aintree back in April and chasing home Honeysuckle in Punchestown too. He will run a big race as he feels well and fit at home but like all of them will have his work cut out to beat such a super talent in Honeysuckle.

3.10pm ESKYLANE BARONERACING.COM Handicap Hurdle (Grade A) (4yo+) 2m

I’m looking forward to getting back aboard Eskylane who won so nicely in Down Royal the last day (pictured below). That was off a mark of 134 and life will be a lot tougher from 10 pounds higher – even though he remains in good form it will still be a huge performance to overcome that hike. He is worse off with the likes of stablemate Magic Tricks and it will be hard to confirm that form. We will give it a go but there looks to be plenty lurking on dangerous marks with the likes of Light Brigade catching the eye.

Good Luck
Davy


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