Saturday 17 February 2018

Fahey seeking Fairyhouse honours

Nick Robson

PAT Fahey is hoping his decision to bypass Cheltenham with Morning Assembly will be rewarded in the Coolmore NH Sires Fame And Glory And Sans Frontieres Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

Fahey had been lining up a crack at the Albert Bartlett with his six-year-old but he was not quite 100% in the days before the race.


A trip to the Punchestown Festival is also on the cards if all goes well this weekend and then he will have his attentions switched to the bigger obstacles.


"I just wasn't that happy with him before Cheltenham so we didn't send him over, you can't go there and not be 100%," said County Carlow-based Fahey.


"He's only run twice over hurdles but the form has worked out pretty well with winners and other horses that have run well.


"I've been very happy with him in the last few days and I'd expect him to run well.


"If the ground ever does dry up, I don't think it will bother him. When he ran at Leopardstown in December it wasn't that bad and he really enjoyed it.


"Punchestown is the plan with him after this and he might step up in trip, he's a real galloper.


"I'd imagine we'll be going over fences next year, we've always thought he was a real chaser in the making."


Defy Logic, Ballycasey, Bright New Dawn and Road To Riches are the headline acts among 26 entries for the Grade Two.

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