Review Fairyhouse 7th Nov

Wed 7th Nov 2012, 16:00

Seefood is clear of Sizing Gold and Seriatim at Fairyhouse

The INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle carried the most prize money at Fairyhouse and a competitive race went the way of Seefood (13-8 joint favourite).

Dessie Hughes has his horses in good order at present and the C & D winner used that experience to his advantage, drawing clear under a confident Bryan Cooper to give Sizing Gold, who left a lasting impression on his hurdling bow, 6lb and a three-and-a-quarter-length beating.

The County Kildare handler went close with Si C'Etait Vrai, who was returning from a lengthy absence in the Follow Fairyhouse On Twitter Hurdle.

However, Gordon Elliott's Cause Of Causes (11-8 favourite) franked the form of his runner-up effort in the Galway Hurdle two starts ago, displaying an impressive turn of foot under Davy Condon to score by half a length.

There was an upset in the fairyhouse.ie Maiden Hurdle when Wingtips failed to justify cramped odds of 2-9 for Tony Martin, and it was Blacklough (10-1) who took full advantage.

Willie Austin's Killarney bumper winner thrived under a positive Andrew Leigh ride and he prevailed by a neck from Akatara on his hurdling debut.

A small gamble on the Colm Murphy-trained Aladdins Cave (3-1 favourite) was landed in the Fairyhouse Premier Jump Racing Weekend Handicap Hurdle, and the plaudits again went to the man on board as Robbie Power delivered a perfectly-timed challenge on the outside to beat the game Shesonlyahorse by three-quarters of a length.

Barry Geraghty rarely leaves the racecourse empty handed and he could be seen travelling strongest aboard Lady Olwyn (10-1) when the pair turned for home in the Fairyhouse Follow Us On Facebook Handicap Hurdle.

John McConnell's mare saw off Tillargon to win by a length and three-quarters, while the ultra-impressive Owen Mc (2-1 joint favourite) landed the Bobbyjo Bistro At Fairyhouse Flat Race for the potent Noel Meade/Nina Carberry combination.

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