Preview fairyhouse 1st Jan

Mon 31st Dec 2012, 12:10

Tarquinius makes a quick return to action in the Fairyhouse Members Handicap Chase at the County Meath venue on New Year's Day.

Gordon Elliott's grey was on the scoresheet at Leopardstown on Saturday and has a 4lb penalty to contend with as a result.

He was pulled up over a marathon trip here before that, in a race in which the same fate awaited favourite Highdownhill, and Niall Madden's charge could be the main danger now that stamina isn't at a premium as much.

Big Zeb and Bob Lingo are on the Ratoath Community Beginners Chase roll of honour and Rupert Lamb will be fancied to join the list.

After 19 months on the sidelines, the six-year-old didn't do a great deal when new trainer Willie Mullins started him over fences at Navan, but the experience won't be lost on him and he is joined by the likes Golanbrook and Knockgraffon King, as well as fencing newcomer Western Leader, in a potentially informative affair.

The meeting passed an inspection on Monday morning and gets under way at 12.20 with the New Year Maiden Hurdle, in which bumper winner King Of Firth attempts to build on a satisfactory start to his jumping career at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting.

Miriam's Dream broke through at Roscommon and now steps out of maiden company for the Start The New Year At Fairyhouse Handicap Hurdle, while Liszt was also in the winner's enclosure on his most recent appearance and now takes in the Special Offers In Bobbyjo Bistro Handicap Hurdle.

The best race of the day, however, comes at Tramore, as class acts Blazing Tempo and Tranquil Sea lock horns in the Listed Holden Plants Rentals Chase.

Roi Du Mee, who is on a four-timer, heads the weights, with the select field completed by Ordinary Man, Berties Dream and Sweet My Lord.