Fairyhouse Look-Dan Moore To Punchestown

Thu 31st Jan 2013, 09:52

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Saturday's meeting at Fairyhouse will be an all-hurdle card if the track is fit to race.

The chase course has been declared unraceable, while an 8am inspection of the hurdles track has been called for Friday.

Horse Racing Ireland tweeted: "Fairyhouse Chase track unraceable for Saturday so all chases cancelled. 8am hurdle track inspection tomorrow due to adverse forecast."

HRI later confirmed the feature handicap chase will now be rescheduled for Sunday.

They tweeted: "The Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Steeplechase Transferred to Punchestown 3rd February 2013."

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.