Preview Fairyhouse 14th Feb

Tue 13th Feb 2018, 14:00

Fairyhouse's seven-race card starts with an intriguing potential battle between a trio of likely improvers in the Fairyhouse.ie Mares Maiden Hurdle.

Champayne Lady won a bumper at Kilbeggan last spring and hinted that her time was near when second, beaten just a length, over timber at this track last time.

Alan Fleming's mare faces Gordon Elliott's Moonlight Escape, who has hit the crossbar on her last two starts and will be bidding to go one better, while Willie Mullins saddles Masons Daughter, who makes her hurdling bow after one win from three starts in bumpers.

Elliott runs two in the Fairyhouse Easter Festival 1st-3rd April Novice Handicap Hurdle, with top weight Pat's Oscar the mount of Davy Russell, while Jack Kennedy gets the leg-up on Bettatogether.

There are plenty of potential flies in the ointment, though, with Bee A Beneficiary, Ardmillan and Charms Bracelet all having shown strong recent form.

Elliott saddles recent winning pointer Bold Sky in the Book Easter Festival Tickets Online Beginners Chase with Kennedy aboard, while Russell rides Three Kings for Tim Hyde, who was still in contention when unseating on his chasing bow.

Plenty of winning pointers will attempt to make their mark on the Fairyhouse Maiden Hunters Chase, with Allannahs Gold, Sizingdowntherhine and Timewaitfornoone heading the list.

Force Of Forces didn't show a great deal in two starts in the UK for Venetia Williams, but looked to have improved on his debut for Mullins and could have been found an ideal opportunity in the Follow Fairyhouse On Twitter Maiden Hurdle.

Curious Times and Montys Angel appear the biggest dangers, but this does look a winnable opportunity for Mullins' charge.

Flemenstorm and Nicole's Milan bid to improve on recent second-placed finishes in the Bobbyjo Bistro Great Food Great Deals Handicap Chase, while the Your Clubs Fundraiser At Fairyhouse, Enquire Today Handicap Hurdle could be between Itsallhappening and Queen Khaleesi.

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