Sunday 2nd December 2018
2.40 Fairyhouse – (Grade 1) (2m 4f)
The Hatton’s Grace takes centre stage on what’s a fine card at Fairyhouse this Sunday and its a race which see’s Apple’s Jade attempt to make it three successive victories in the race. She returned to the track with an impressive victory the last day at Navan following below par efforts at the Spring festivals and its likely a bold showing is on the cards here to retain her crown once again.
Her main challenge looks to come from the Jessica Harrington trained Supasundae who makes his return to the track here following an excellent campaign last term culminating in a win within Grade 1 company at Punchestown. He’s a general 6/1 chance and is the mount of Robbie Power. Willie Mullins has four representatives in the line up and these include the Ricci duo of Limimi and Bapaume. Limini will come here race fit following a spell on the flat throughout the summer but hasn’t been seen over hurdles since finishing third to Apple’s Jade in the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2017. Bapaume comes here following a profitable spell racing in France. A campaign of Novice Chasing was talked about this term so it’s unsure where his future lies following this assignment. He’s a general 20/1 chance in the betting and is the mount of Paul Townend with stablemate Limimi at around 13/2 with Ruby Walsh in the saddle. Shaneshill and Wicklow Brave conclude the Mullins contingency and are trading at around 28/1 and 33/1 respectively.
Sutton Place takes his chance back over hurdles for Gordon Elliott following being pulled up when last seen at Fairyhouse in February over fences. A very able performer on his day and he could well have his say here should he return to his best form. The Triumph winner Farclas also represents Gordon Elliott here who was slightly below par when last seen at Punchestown and he’s been set a stiff task here on his first run against older rivals. He’s the mount of Davy Russell and trades at around 16/1 in the market. Dortmund Park makes up the Elliott runners who has work to do should be get closer to Apple’s Jade and Early Doors concluding the field for Joseph O’Brien.
“An intriguing renewal and a decent one at the same time. Its hard to oppose Apple’s Jade. She comes here with a run to her name already when most are having their first outing, said run was an impressive win too. Limimi will be race fit so could prove to be the value in the race”
Last Years Winner:
2017: Apple’s Jade (1/1f)
(Jockey: Jack Kennedy – Trainer: Gordon Elliott)