LiveScore Racing Preview: Fairyhouse, January 9, 2022
Fairyhouse is one of three meetings taking place on Sunday across the UK and Ireland, with seven races scheduled on this jump racing card.
The official going heading into the meeting is described as 'Soft', 'Yielding to Soft' in places.
Here are our five horses to follow.
12.50pm - Fairyhouse January Jumps Hurdle (2m)
BRITZKA scored over this C&D on his hurdles debut back last month, and was very impressive in that maiden contest, scoring by six lengths.
It was enough for his connections to step him up in class to a Grade Two affair at Leopardstown over the festive period.
The novice hurdler finished a very respectable third of seven in that race which was won by Fil Dor.
Gordon Elliott's runner will need to carry a penalty here, but he looks the one they will all have to beat.
LiveScore selection: Britzka
1.50pm - Fairyhouse Easter Early Bird Handicap Hurdle (3m)
Two of ALOHAMORA's four career wins have come at Fairyhouse, so it is clearly a course she enjoys.
The C&D winner prevailed here last time out in a 2m4f chase, making all in that race and looked full of running at the finish.
Connections are now switching back to hurdles as she has an 8lb lower hurdles mark than over fences.
It seems a smart move and something she can take advantage of to record her second straight success on the track.
LiveScore selection: Alohamora
2.20pm - Dan & Joan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase (2m1f)
DUNVEGAN ended a long losing sequence which stretched back to December 2019 when he scored over this C&D earlier this season.
This versatile horse has featured on the Flat, over the Grand National fences at Aintree and in Graded action in that period.
This new mark of 147 is a career high, however, his latest performance suggests he is back to his best form. Another big run can be expected.
LiveScore selection: Dunvegan
2.50pm - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase (2m1f)
Noel Meade's gelding THEDEVILSCOACHMAN scored in a Listed race over hurdles last season.
He began his chase career at Punchestown last month where he came home in third place behind Ferny Hollow and Coeur Sublime respectively.
The six-year-old should be in a battle with Saint Sam at the finish in this beginners' chase. This time he can break his maiden over fences.
LiveScore selection: Thedevilscoachman
3.20pm - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rated Novice Chase (2m5½f)
FARCEUR DU LARGE has been well beaten on his four attempts over fences this season, including at Limerick (2m1½f) last month where he finished fourth of 11, but a long way behind the winner.
The trip appeared to be on the short side for him so this stiffer test will suit him better, and this assignment is a much easier one for Noel Meade's runner to contend with.
Eoin Walsh can also claim a very useful 5lb. If he takes a step forward on what he has shown so far, he has a great chance of coming out on top.
LiveScore selection: Farceur Du Large