Monday 11 December 2017

Fairy Court can showcase superiority

Ian Queally: Partners Fairy Court
Ian Queally: Partners Fairy Court
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

FAIRY COURT doubled the career Flat tallies of both Tom Cummins and Ian Queally when dancing home at Dundalk a fortnight ago, and he might increase those same totals again this evening.

Co Waterford-based Cummins concentrates mainly on jumpers, with 36 runners in two seasons yielding a decent return of four wins.

Stable stalwart Aughnacurraveel secured his only previous Flat triumph two years ago, while 10lb claimer Queally enjoyed his debut success aboard Pat Flynn's Mama Rosa at Tipperary last summer.

The Fenor, Co Clare-born former pony-racing tyro poached an early lead on the unexposed Fairy Court in first-time blinkers last time, a lead that soon became unassailable.

Fairy Court is 12lbs higher now and the blinkers might lose some of their shock value, but such was his superiority that he is still hard to oppose here.

The first division of the 12-furlong handicap that he contests has its share of dead wood.

Cottesloe, General Bunching and Habesh are among those that wouldn't fall into that category, likewise last week's runaway winner Horsewithnoname.

However, Fairy Court appeals as having by far the most scope to progress further.

Queally's fellow smart apprentice Gary Phillips can continue his fine recent form at the Co Louth venue aboard Chiclet, his Tracey Collins-trained mount in the fillies' maiden.

After three modest starts on grass, the daughter of Dandy Man improved to be chinned by American Hope over course and distance in December.

Not Your Call, fourth then, has since won and the third Have A Great Day has also run well since, so the form looks pretty solid.

If Chiclet, which was scratched on veterinary advice last week, can replicate that sort of performance, she should win what looks a pretty ordinary seven-furlong affair to justify the nap vote.

The standout handicapper of the night is Bog War in division two of the 12-furlong event.

Liam Cusack's progressive Rakti four-year-old won here in December, and was then just denied by Tetard and Cristy's Call earlier this month.

Since then, Cristy's Call, Horsewithnoname (fifth) and Fairy Court (sixth) have won by an aggregate of over 20 lengths.

With that in mind, a three-pound ratings hike shouldn't stop Bog War lending further substance to the form under Leigh Roche.

Irish Independent

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