Sunday 23 July 2017

Harrington filly a 'Fountain' of hope for Foley at Fairyhouse

Trainer Jessica Harrington in the winner's enclosure after sending out Rock The World and Robbie Power to win the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase during the Cheltenham Festival. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Jessica Harrington in the winner's enclosure after sending out Rock The World and Robbie Power to win the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase during the Cheltenham Festival. Photo: Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

WHITEFOUNTAINFAIRY makes plenty of appeal at Fairyhouse for Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley, out of luck at the weekend aboard Irishcorrespondent in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

The daughter of Casemento, which met traffic at the Curragh on debut, is taken to reverse form with Red Persian, which was second in the same Curragh maiden. The form was nicely boosted on Sunday, Commander Grigio scoring at the Curragh.

Whitefountainfairy was around one length behind Commander Grigio at the Curragh, rendering her quite appealing at an each-way quote in the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden.

Frima made a pleasing debut at Gowran and makes lots of appeal in the finale for Pat Smullen. The Frankel-bred was beaten by inexperience and, when one misses the break a little at that venue, it can be near-impossible to get involved seriously. She could be quite smart.

The opening claimer is a moderate enough contest and Make It Hurrah is a tentative pick, despite giving weight away and being disappointing last time. The rated race is easier to solve, it seems, with Noivado nicely clear if he can run to close to his three-figured mark. Poppit could be a dark one in the auction maiden. She was down the field on her only start at Dundalk but looked far faster than the bare form implies and is, after all, trained by the great Aidan O'Brien.

John Feane can take the seven-furlong handicap with DK Travel, which has the assistance of a decent draw and 5lb claimer Oisin Orr. Roses Need Rain can take the first division of the opening handicap for Andy Oliver, with Nicotina interesting in the second for Keith Clarke. The forecast rain will suit her.

Irish Independent

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