DAVY RUSSELL: Fairyhouse Saturday

Another busy weekend for me ahead with five rides at Fairyhouse and another three at Punchestown on Sunday (covered in next blog published on Saturday evening). Looking at Saturday and the ground is still close to good at Fairyhouse as there hasn’t been that much rain around. Whatever rain there has been hasn’t quite got into the ground properly yet as it takes it so well and will need a hell of a lot more to make a difference. Anyway onto the action…




This will be the first time I’ve ridden Cornakill Rose and she seemed to run okay the last day in Navan. However, this looks a competitive race with the eye immediately drawn to the mare Caravation who ran so well behind Relegate at Naas last time. Willie’s (Mullins) newcomer Great White Shark looks a nice prospect too. She has come over from across the pond from trainer James Fanshawe with some nice form on the flat and may take some beating. If Cornakill Rose can step forward, she can get competitive here but she will need to improve to get involved.


Smiling Eliza has had a really busy time of things and has lost her way just a little having held her form well for some time. She won back in October in Punchestown on good ground, but this looks a tough ask for her here. It would be great to get her back to winning ways but there are plenty of dangers here with Gardens Of Babylon looking like the one we all have to beat for Joseph O’Brien. He is a nice horse who was impressive the last day in Punchestown. There is also La Sorelita for Willie (Mullins) who made a nice start in Leopardstown at Christmas. She is likely to step forward again from that and will be bang there too,

SATOSHI (1.35pm)

My fella ran a nice race in Leopardstown during the Christmas festival in a competitive handicap hurdle and is 2lbs higher in the weights as a result. He is ultra-consistent and will be competitive if reproducing that performance. Brosna George looks a danger, he was getting into the mix up in Punchestown back in November before he fell and then came out and won his next race in Fairyhouse. Kakum River races off a nice mark here and is another who cannot be ruled out.

DUCA DE THAIX (2.10pm Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase)

I have a nice ride here in the feature race of the day where Gigginstown are well represented with five of the ten runners. I won this race last year aboard Doctor Phoenix and hopefully can repeat the trick! My fella had been knocking on the door before he won well in Fairyhouse the last day so I hope he has caught the winning bug now and can step forward again. He is up the weights but he got his act together that day and I’m hoping for a good run. I was onboard Cubomania the last day and he was unlucky as he was brought to a stand still early on, so I wouldn’t rule him out here. Henry (De Bromhead) has two nice runners here also, Three Stars and Avenir D’Une Vie with the latter beating Saturnas in Punchestown over a year ago so that’s good form. There are dangers left, right and centre but my lad has a chance with Cubomania the main danger.

VEINARD (2.45pm)

I ride Veinard for Gordon (Elliott) who fell the last day over hurdles and he has a bit to prove here now. He has so much talent, the problem is he just has his own ideas about the game. If he is on a going day he could get involved, but he has to take a big step forward. Looking at the opposition and Impact Factor looks the obvious one for Jessie (Harrington). He has some nice form in better company and is in calmer waters here. You can’t rule out Mitchouka either for Gordon as he is another who has had his sights lowered.


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