Preview fairyhouse 17th Apr

Mon 16th Apr 2018, 12:00

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There is a bonus for racing fans this week as the final day of Fairyhouse's Easter Festival which was claimed by the weather now takes place on Tuesday.

It provides an opportunity for Willie Mullins to try to claw back some of the deficit in the race to catch Gordon Elliott in the trainers' championship, and he is responsible for a remarkable 10 of the 19 runners for the 100,000-euro RYBO Handicap Hurdle.

Four of them aim to bounce back after struggling at Cheltenham so it may pay to focus on some of his less-exposed novices such as Uradel and Nessun Dorma.

Elliott saddles four, including County Hurdle disappointment Duca De Thaix, and the Grand National-winning handler should also have high hopes of securing the Grade Two BoyleSports Juvenile Hurdle.

He runs Fred Winter hero Veneer Of Charm, as well as Mitchouka and Percy, in a bid to stave off a Mullins quartet, with the powerhouse yards having it between them.

Asthuria's Naas second to Benie Des Dieux looks better now than it did at the time, and she carries Mullins' hopes in the John & Chich Fowler Memorial EBF Mares Chase.

Elliott sends Dinaria Des Obeaux, although she has ground to make up on her Limerick conqueror Youcantcallherthat.

Mullins throws three arrows at the Lauro At Hayes Stud Irish EBF Total Enjoyment Mares Flat Race and is taken on by Portnablagh, who created a piece of history when giving Elliott his 200th winner of the season at Cork a couple of weeks ago.

De Plotting Shed failed to fire at the Cheltenham Festival and now Elliott lowers his sights for the opening Mongey Communications Beginners Chase at 4.05.

Rachael Blackmore didn't have the happiest first Grand National experience on Saturday but teams up with Fire In His Eyes in the Ratoath Pharmacy Ladies National Handicap Chase, while Speak Easy is part of a strong Joseph O'Brien attack on the I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Novice Handicap Hurdle Series Final.

Tizzard targeting Punchestown

Colin Tizzard is set to take a strong team to the Punchestown Festival next week.

THE IRISH TIMES