Preview Fairyhouse 20th Jan

Sat 19th Jan 2013, 12:20

All six horses with experience over jumps won their last race ahead of the Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse, so expect a competitive renewal of the Listed heat.

Willie Mullins has both Tasitiocht, already a dual winner over timber, and Twigline, but faces stiff opposition from Mags Mullins' course winner Oscars Joy and the promising Way Up In The Air.

Robert Tyner's mare fell on her hurdling bow at Cork, but made no mistake at Punchestown last time, running out a ready winner.

City Slicker is one to note as he embarks on his hurdling career in the second division of the Fairyhouse Schooling Races Maiden Hurdle.

Willie Mullins' charge has left the ownership of John Magnier to join another powerhouse in JP McManus after he strolled to victory in a bumper at this venue.

Expensive purchase Juan De Gracia looks likely to give AP McCoy's mount most to think about.

The first division gets the meeting under way at 12.40, and sees Quickpick Vic bid to build on two second-placed finishes in bumpers.

The richest race on the card is the Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase, in which Pires will bid to regain the winning thread after finishing third over timber at Leopardstown last time.

Far Away So Close has been in consistent form this season and is likely to give another good account, while Lambro carries joint top-weight but was impressive when winning at Punchestown last time.

Thunder And Roses has been the epitome of consistency this term and has Clar Na Mionn and Mala Beach to contend with in the Ward Union Hunt Gathering Maiden Hurdle.

Caballo De Marcus, Shattered Dream and Preswell Lad all hold claims in the Fairyhouse For Fundraisers Handicap Hurdle, while last-time-out winners Wise Oscar and Valley Of Thrushes lock horns in the Ward Union Hunt Gathering Handicap Chase.

Dundalk stable staff allowance slashed

Stable staff appear to be the latest victims of the on-going recession as their allowance for working at Dundalk evening meetings has been slashed by over 50%.