Preview fairyhouse 14th Jan

Sat 13th Jan 2018, 11:40

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A big pot is up for grabs in the Bar One Racing Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase, the feature race at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

Willie Mullins is triple-handed with Acapella Bourgeois, who takes a notable drop in trip, looking the first string under Paul Townend, although Polidam beat his stablemate at Navan last month and gives the champion trainer a strong hand.

Owner JP McManus also launches a three-pronged assault and Don't Touch It is the choice of Barry Geraghty, while 2015 winner Mallowney returns in a big to regain the valuable prize.

Mullins and Townend team up with Saturnas who is likely to be a very warm order in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase.

The Grade One-winning hurdler chased home a match-fit rival on his chasing bow at Punchestown last month and is expected to come on a good deal for that run.

German import Mary Sun is presumably a bit better than what she showed when pulling up on her hurdling debut and goes in search of compensation for Mullins and Townend in the Book Easter Festival Tickets Online At fairyhouse.ie Mares Maiden Hurdle, which gets the action underway at 1.00.

Mullins' runners in bumpers are always of interest and Tornado Flyer is no exception as he makes his debut in the Next Racing At Fairyhouse January 17th (Pro/Am) Flat Race under the trainer's son, Patrick.

Gordon Elliott has strong claims in the Book Easter Festival Tickets Online At fairyhouse.ie Mares Maiden Hurdle courtesy of Mitchouka and Veneer Of Charm.

The former hasn't been beaten far by Espoir D'Allen in Graded events the last twice while his stable companion is open to improvement after kicking off his hurdling career off with a victory in a Punchestown maiden.

Elliott also has two chances in the Fairyhouse Members 2018 Handicap Hurdle with Charmix and Rightdownthemiddle, but they may struggle to get the better of hat-trick seekers Poker Party and Dromore Lad.

Jessica Harrinton's Close Shave returns to a winning venue in a bic to get back on the scoresheet in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rate

Might Bite To Prove His Worth Next Season

There is not much attention given to national hunt racing in the summer months, by punters or by the media. It is, of course, understandable given that our attention is focused on the flat season: the action at Royal Ascot, the Classics and the rest of the elements that define the summer racing season. Some punters might have a dabble at an ante post bet for Cheltenham next year, but by and large we forget about it until the autumn.

THE IRISH TIMES