Wednesday 13 December 2017

Punchestown and Killarney options for Fairyhouse scorer Federici

Federici has a slight lead at Fairyhouse
Federici has a slight lead at Fairyhouse

Ulster National hero Federici capitalised on a comparatively lenient timber figure in the Next Racing At Fairyhouse June 2nd Handicap Hurdle.

Enda Bolger's 13-8 favourite challenged leader Midnight Theatre three out and when pressed by Incitatum between the final couple of flights, found another gear to stretch three and three-quarter lengths clear.

Bolger said: "I liked what I saw there. He could go to Punchestown on the Saturday for the race he was second to Josies Orders in last year, or else wait for Killarney next month."

Young Finnegan (5-2) has returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines in fine form and broke through over the larger obstacles to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase.

Beaten at long odds-on on his previous outing, Robert Tyner's lightly-raced 10-year-old made amends with a comprehensive three-and-a-half-length defeat of Vercingetorix.

Katnap gained a belated first success in the Jumps Finale At Fairyhouse Rated Novice Chase.

Sue Bramall's 10-1 chance has had his fair share of chances but bowled along at the head of affairs and kept The Winkler three and three-quarter lengths at bay.

The application of a hood and a tongue-tie helped Master Of Verse put his best foot forward in the Support The Injured Jockeys Fund Maiden Hurdle.

The 10-11 favourite was slightly awkward over two out, prompting David Mullins to roust him along, but he collared the front-running Troublesombrothers by the last and careered away to triumph by eight and a half lengths.

Favourite-backers have had their fingers burned by Tyrone Tiger on his last couple of visits to the racecourse but that didn't stop the money coming for him again, and he justified the support by landing the Summer Evening Racing At Fairyhouse Handicap Hurdle as the 7-2 favourite.

Dinnie's Vinnie had shown precious little under Rules heading into the Promote Your Business At Fairyhouse In 2016 Handicap Chase but the blinkers went on and he showed his appreciation to score at 9-1.

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