DAVY RUSSELL: Fairyhouse Saturday

A big weekend of racing at Fairyhouse and I have nine booked rides over the weekend. I’ll be back on Saturday evening with thoughts on Sunday’s card, including my ride on Envoi Allen in the Royal Bond.

First up though Saturday’s racing and it’s an early start at Fairyhouse. Although we’ve had plenty of rain recently, the going shouldn’t ride any more testing than the forecast soft.

A quick word on the two big races in the UK.

In the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase I think Willie Mullins has a big chance with Cabaret Queen. I was pipped in this race by the Willie Mullins trained Total Recall in 2017 when I was on Whisper. Total Recall had won the Munster National on his previous start – just as Cabaret Queen did last month, so history could repeat itself.

Temperatures are set to drop at Newcastle and fingers crossed their Fighting Fifth card gets the go-ahead. It’s hard to see anything else than Buveur D’Air completing a hat-trick in the big race.

I rode him to win the Punchestown Champion Hurdle on his last start and he gave me the feel of the very classy horse that he is.



CARTWRIGHT (11.50am)

A big field go to post for the opener and I partner Cartwright for Gordon (Elliott) on his first start of the season and his first race over jumps. He’s gone well fresh in the past and hopefully he’ll be ready to do himself justice. He ran in some tough races last season including in his final start in the Ballymore Handicap Hurdle in Punchestown, but this is a really deep contest and I think Carefully Selected might be the one we all have to beat. The Willie Mullins trained runner was only beaten a neck in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in 2018 and romped home in a point at Monksgrange earlier in his career so should be fine in the jumping department.

MRS LOVETT (12.25pm)

She won this race for me 12 months ago but she arrived on the back of a win and the concern now is that she hasn’t sparkled recently and is racing off a 7lb higher mark. She made a bad mistake when I pulled her up at Down Royal last time out and needs to show plenty more to record a back to back win here. Ask Heather looks a big contender after two good runs this season.


He’s caught a bit between a rock and hard place with his handicap mark of 143 so options are limited. He’s back going right -handed which I think is a positive but he’s got a long way to come back from after a disappointing effort in the Fortria Chase in Navan the last day. Gordon also runs Duca De Thaix and Avenir D’Une Vie and I think both can be given good chances.

SEMPO (1.35pm)

Looking forward to riding this one for Joseph (O’Brien). He was pretty smart in bumpers, finishing last season with a sixth to Envoi Allen in the Cheltenham Champion Bumper. He starts his hurdling career here in a big field and is up against a few that already bring fairly good hurdling form to the table.


He won his maiden hurdle for me nicely at Downpatrick and then followed up with a huge effort over course and distance here earlier in the month when just failing to catch Battle Of Midway. Hopefully he can go close in a race with plenty of likely winners, including hat-trick seeking Gold Speed, Wexford debut winner Our Friend and notably Party Playboy who is having his first start since finishing second to Stratum in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket.

Good Luck

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