Preview Fairyhouse 1st Dec

Fri 30th Nov 2012, 12:50

Mikael D'Haguenet gets another opportunity to redeem himself in the Nicky Connors - Lifetime In Racing Beginners Chase at Fairyhouse on Saturday.

The former top hurdler was travelling like the force of old when blundering away his chance at the final obstacle at Punchestown two weeks ago, but had jumped fluently until that point.

Mount Benbulben hit the deck in the same race and is back for the rematch, while Mackeys Forge and Knockgraffon King can't be dismissed lightly, providing they show up with their timber form, rather than the performances they have produced over fences so far.

Simenon blotted his copybook on the same Punchestown card and Willie Mullins has decided to drop him back in distance for the Fairyhouse On Facebook Hurdle.

Staying Article is the chief stumbling block, having denied Blackstairmountain at Cork recently, but Rigour Back Bob and Midnight Game are also in with a shout after absences.

Lastoftheleaders won the Bar One Racing Ballyhack Handicap Chase 12 months ago but has a 13lb higher rating to defy this time, although he does arrive on the back of a hurdles win at Galway.

Beef To The Heels and Acriveen are on hat-tricks but lock horns in the Bar One Racing Handicap Hurdle, so something will have to give, and King Of Queens will have his fair share of supporters as well.

Ned Buntline shaped like a potential star on his Naas reappearance and tackles another exciting newcomer to obstacles in Lord Of Lords in the opening Tote Jackpot Races 3 To 6 Maiden Hurdle (12.10).

Ned Buntline's stable companion Owen Mc attempts to build on his impressive debut in the Irish Racing Yearbook (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race, while Tony Martin's classy chaser Bog Warrior reverts to timber on a 31lb lower mark for the Ryan's Cleaning Services Handicap Hurdle.

Battaash v Lady Aurelia

Following his breath-taking four length victory in the 2017 running of the Prix de L’Abbaye, it is difficult to envisage that any horse can beat Battaash over 5 furlongs when in that sort of form. It was a stunning performance where he made Group 1 sprinters look ordinary. A field that included the Nunthorpe Stakes winner Marsha in behind. So can he confirm himself as the top sprinter around or will it be another Royal Ascot success for the American speedster Lady Aurelia when the pair clash next month? Here we look at each horses credentials heading in to one of the most anticipated clashes of the season. You can see the latest betting on Royal Ascot now in which Star Sports currently make Battaash 11/4 favourite ahead of 3/1 Lady Aurelia to win the King Stand Stakes on 19th June.