Preview Fairyhouse 15th Nov

Tue 14th Nov 2017, 12:00

Blow By Blow returns from the sidelines in the Christmas Parties At Fairyhouse December 16th Maiden Hurdle on Wednesday.

After going under by just a neck on his racecourse debut in December 2015, the six-year-old fired off a hat-trick, culminating with a defeat of Moon Racer in the Grade One bumper at the Punchestown Festival.

He has had his problems since and has moved from Willie Mullins to the Gordon Elliott yard, but he still has time on his side and can be expected to fulfil his huge potential.

The Elliott-trained Monkshood takes on Mullins' Minella Beau in an intriguing battle for the I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle.

Monkshood returned to action with a Downpatrick victory, two days before his rival hit the crossbar for the second race in succession at Cork.

The top trainers also lock horns in the Racing At Fairyhouse On New Years Day 2018 Beginners Chase.

The Mullins-trained Cap D'Aubois gave Elliott's great hope Death Duty a bit of a scare at Tipperary, and that gives him the edge in experience over another Cullentra House inmate in the shape of Woods Well, who tackles fences for the first time.

It could be a good day for Elliott because he should also have high hopes that Osco Mosco can register a deserved success in the Fairyhouse Membership 2018 Now Available Mares Maiden Hurdle.

The eight-race fixture gets under way at 12.15 with the Book Winter Festival Tickets Online At fairyhouse.ie Rated Novice Chase, in which the Liz Doyle-trained La Bella Vida is out to back up her recent Thurles triumph, which came at the expense of a subsequent winner.

Last week's course scorer Witness Of Fashion is back for more in the Sponsorship At Fairyhouse Enquire Today Handicap Chase, with the card brought to a close by two divisions of the Book Easter Festival Tickets Online At fairyhouse.ie Handicap Hurdle.

Henderson looking forward to Douvan clash

Nicky Henderson is already looking forward to taking on the Willie Mullins-trained Douvan with Altior at Cheltenham in March.

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