With three Grade One contests on a seven-race card worth nearly €500,000 and 139 entries received at the five-day stage, Sunday at Fairyhouse promises to be a fantastic day of racing.
Sixteen horses remain in the day’s feature race, the €125,000 Grade 1 BARONERACING.COM Hatton’s Grace Hurdle.
These are headed by Apple’s Jade, who has won the race for the last two years, but also includes three strong potential opponents from the stable of champion trainer Willie Mullins – last season’s Cheltenham Champion Hurdle runner-up, Melon, and Cheltenham Festival winners, Laurina and Benie des Dieux.
Among the expected runners are Jessica Harrington’s Supersundae, winner of last season’s Irish Champion Hurdle and Punchestown Champion Hurdle.
Fifteen horses remain in the Grade One BARONERACING.COM Royal Bond Novice Hurdle, the entry being dominated by horses from the stables of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott, including Gordon’s smooth Punchestown winner, Commander Of Fleet, who heads our ante-post market, and Willie’s Down Royal Grade 3-winner Sancta Simona and three-time bumper winner since July, the highly-regarded Royal Rendezvous.
Will there be a royal winner of the Royal Bond in the Royal County on Sunday!
Thirteen horses remain in the Grade One BARONERACING.COM Drinmore Novice Chase, including Joseph O’Brien’s dual-chase winner Le Richebourg, who ran in last year’s Royal Bond, five from the stable of Gordon Elliott, including recent Down Royal winner Delta Work and recent Grade 2 runner-up Blow By Blow, Paul Nolan’s comfortable Naas winner Discorama and Willie Mullins’ Cadmium, already a Grade 3 chase winner and owned by Kenneth Sharp and the Supreme Horse Racing Club, who won last year’s Royal Bond with Airlie Beach.
Wherever you look, quality abounds in the Grade One contests.
And, with 15 potential runners in the €50,000 1800 624 524 Telebetting Bar One Racing Porterstown Handicap ‘Chase, which was won last year by leading Cheltenham Gold Cup hope Presenting Percy, and 30 standing their ground in the €100,000 Download The baroneracing.com App Handicap Hurdle, including last year’s winner David’s Charm, the 2014 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle winner, Jezki, Charles Byrne’s progressive pair, Off You Go and Wonder Laish, and Willie Mullins’ Stratum, who was sent off as favourite for the Ebor Handicap at York in August following a smooth win at Newbury, Galway Festival flat winner and English Cesarewitch runner-up, Uradel, and the Galway Hurdle runner-up, Blazer, all among the potential runners, the quality of the day’s racing will extend to beyond the Grade One races.
This includes the card’s final race, the royalhousedraw.com (Pro/Am) Flat Race, which has been won since 2009 by such horses as Al Ferof, Outlander and Identity Thief, the winners of seven Grade 1 wins and 17 graded races in total between them since their Fairyhouse victories, and Getabird, twice a Grade 2 winner over hurdles since that Fairyhouse win.
It promises to be a superb day of racing. The action begins at 12:35pm on Sunday, December 2nd, as day two of the two-day Winter Festival at Fairyhouse in County Meath.
We look forward to seeing you there.