DAVY RUSSELL: Fairyhouse Saturday

I’m staying home in Ireland over the weekend for Fairyhouse on Saturday and Navan on Sunday where my rides include Defi Bleu in the Grade 2 Novice Hurdle. I’ll be back with a new blog on Saturday evening looking ahead to Sunday’s rides.

I’ll also be keeping a close eye on the action at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup looks a terrific contest and I have to side with Rather Be who still looked to have plenty of petrol left in the tank before getting brought down in the BetVictor Gold Cup here at the last meeting. The race was won by Baron Alco who is now up 6lb and that might halt his progress. Rather Be should again get the ground he likes and I think will run a big race.

In the big hurdle race of the day, the Unibet International Hurdle, I’m sticking with Summerville Boy who I don’t think did a lot wrong at Newcastle in the Fighting Fifth. He was mixing it with the very best that day and will find this easier and will hopefully come on too for his first start of the season.

Now for the action at home.



The big question is how much rain we get before racing. The course said on Friday it’s currently good to yielding but there’s some heavy rain due, so we might well see some significant going changes prior to the first.


Looking forward to his debut over hurdles and riding in the famous flat colours of the Cheveley Park Stud. He didn’t show much on his first start for Gordon on the flat in the Curragh but has done plenty of work since and can hopefully get off to a promising start over obstacles. It’s a typical winter maiden with a whole stack of runners having their first day at school after flat campaigns. The Willie Mullins trained Farid has won a point to point and looks a big danger to us all.

SWORDSMAN (1.50pm)

Was well beaten on his bumper debut last season but it came on heavy ground and he looked as though he will come on plenty for the experience. This looks a pretty deep maiden though. Gordon also runs Column Of Fire who I rode when third on his hurdling debut here in Fairyhouse. It was a pleasing first effort and he should appreciate the easier ground and the extra trip. Noel Meade’s School Boy Hours looks one for the shortlist.



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