Preview Fairyhouse 9th Jan

Tue 8th Jan 2013, 12:30

Charlie Swan switches Start Me Up back to the smaller obstacles for the Buy Tickets On-Line At Rated Hurdle.

The nine-year-old failed to fire in a competitive handicap chase at Limerick's Christmas meeting, but was third in the Kerry National back in the autumn and would be the one to beat if able to replicate that performance.

Fahamore appeared some way ahead of the handicapper on his return to action and could be the biggest threat, although Abbey Lane is of some interest on his first start for Willie Mullins.

The champion trainer attempts to get off to a flyer when Sarabad tries to end a run of second placings in the opening Racegoer's Package 25 Euros Maiden Hurdle at 12.15, with Ruby Walsh in the saddle.

Davy Russell then gets the leg-up for Mullins' Raise Hell, who tackles the Fairyhouse Membership Maiden Hurdle on the back of an encouraging second at Thurles.

Patrick Mullins is the third jockey to ride for his father on the card and is booked for newcomer Beluckyagain in the Special Offers For Easter Mares Flat Race, in which the standard is set by Kymin's Way.

There isn't much in the way of recent winning form to go on in the Follow Fairyhouse On Twitter Handicap Hurdle, but Zara was fancied to break through at Thurles last week, so it can be reasonably safe to assume she is better than that fifth placing suggests.

Rob Jones got a good tune out of Forjoethepainter at Limerick and the pair are reunited for the Home Of The Ladbrokes Irish Grand National Novice Handicap Hurdle, where they lock horns with fellow last-start winner Tipped Up Harry.

Preswell Lad just came out best in a New Year's Day tussle with Dunroe Boy at Tramore and is actually better off at the weights as they revert to timber in the Follow Fairyhouse On Facebook Handicap Hurdle.

Peddlers Cross set for Haydock

Haydock's Champion Hurdle Trial on Saturday week remains the most likely seasonal starting point for Peddlers Cross.