OK, so we get the message – Fairyhouse is an absolute quagmire and ploughs need only apply. With that in mind…
The Daily Yankee:
Saglawy, (1510 Fairyhouse), 15/8: Ex-French and was not too promising when well beaten in a hurdles debut for the Mullins yard in January. However, showed that to be all wrong when crushing his rivals next time at Gowran Park on particularly heavy going. Should like these conditions, doesn’t have Cheltenham in his legs, and is the pick of stable jockey Paul Townend. Should get things off to a winning start.
Minella Fair, (1540 Fairyhouse), 4/1: Bred for a soft ground stamina test, and runs like it too. Won nicely on debut at Punchestown before an injury prevented him from showing his best at Limerick. 19f on soft ground at Naas was not enough of a test when outpaced by the useful Uradel, but last time at Clonmel he was met with truly heavy ground and a long trip and won by 62l. He has been hoisted up the weights by that, and Noel Meade has wisely booked top point-to-point jockey Rob James claiming 7lbs off.
Impact Factor, (1610 Fairyhouse), 7/1: Another novice having a first run in a handicap. A mark of 136 is fairly stiff, but he has form that ties in with the likes of Getabird and Hardline who contested the big novice event yesterday, and is bred to love this deep surface. A prominent run style was certainly in vogue yesterday, and he may be more at home in conditions than some of the other market leaders here.
Sunsetstorise, (1640 Fairyhouse), 5/2: Sauntered to an easy heavy ground Navan win recently on debut for the Gordon Elliott yard. Had been mostly campaigned over longer trips such as today’s for his previous yard, and should be able to follow up that Navan effort. In a race restricted to lady riders, it can only be a good thing to see the fabulous Nina Carberry getting the leg up.
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