Sunday 23 September 2018

'Champayne' can be toast of Fairyhouse

Trainer Willie Mullins. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Trainer Willie Mullins. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Fairyhouse's seven-race card starts with an intriguing potential battle between a trio of likely improvers in the Mares Maiden Hurdle.

Champayne Lady won a bumper at Kilbeggan last spring and hinted that her time was near when second, beaten just a length, over timber at this track last time.

Alan Fleming's mare faces Gordon Elliott's Moonlight Escape, which has hit the crossbar on her last two starts and will be bidding to go one better, while Willie Mullins saddles Masons Daughter, which makes her hurdling bow after one win from three starts in bumpers.

Elliott runs two in the Fairyhouse Easter Festival 1st-3rd April Novice Handicap Hurdle, with top weight Pat's Oscar the mount of Davy Russell, while Jack Kennedy gets the leg-up on Bettatogether.

There are plenty of potential flies in the ointment, though, with Bee A Beneficiary, Ardmillan and Charms Bracelet all with strong recent form.

Elliott saddles recent winning pointer Bold Sky in the Book Easter Festival Tickets Online Beginners Chase with Kennedy aboard, while Russell rides Three Kings for Tim Hyde, which was still in contention when unseating on his chasing bow.

Meanwhile, tomorrow's meeting at Clonmel is subject to an 8am inspection today due to the threat of waterlogging.

Irish Independent

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