Tuesday 16 January 2018

Nash targets Fairyhouse spoils

Trans City
Trans City

In-form handler James Nash teams up with Ana O'Brien for two runners at Fairyhouse on Thursday.

Nash saddled Killarney National winner Your Busy earlier in the month, while Massini's Trap scored at Ballinrobe on Monday to demonstrate the current good heart of his Curragh string.

Pixie Spirit and Trans City both have live chances in handicaps for Nash, with O'Brien taking a valuable 7lb off each of those runners.

Pixie Spirit has proved a consistent sort at around six furlongs this term, and he receives weight all-round in the Fairyhouse Racecourse Welcomes Eventers Handicap.

Nash is hopeful of a big run from the son of Namid, especially with soft ground expected.

He said: "I thought Pixie Spirit was unlucky at Navan and a little bit disappointing at Cork last time. He loves that ground and with Ana's claim he should go well over the six furlongs which will suit him better."

The four-year-old is well drawn in stall three and Trans City has also been fortunate with the draw in landing stall four in the Book Your Stag Or Hen Party At Fairyhouse Apprentice Handicap.

"He will appreciate the step up to a mile and a quarter. However, I'm afraid of the ground, especially if they get a lot more rain. They are both well drawn and in good form," said Nash.

O'Brien also has good prospects elsewhere on the card when partnering Beyond Brilliance for her father Aidan in the Follow Fairyhouse On Twitter Median Auction Maiden.

The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor has earned a rating of 86 after a number of decent efforts including behind Flying Jib in the Group Three Athasi Stakes at the Curragh earlier this month.

The seven-race card kicks off with the juvenile Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Auction Maiden and John Oxx introduces his first two-year-old runner of the season in the shape of Zebed. By first season sire Zebedee, the colt cost €16,000 as a yearling.

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