Wonders of Winter Festival await in big week for racing

The €100,000 Dan Moore Memorial Chase takes place at 2.10pm Saturday at Fairyhouse.

Will Reilly looks ahead to a big week of racing, not least for BARONERACING.COM at Fairyhouse

It’s a huge week for racing in Britain and Ireland.

The Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle will be run at Newbury on Saturday, the same day that Newbury will stage the race formerly and fondly known simply as ‘The Hennessy’, and, at Fairyhouse, around €850,000 in prize-money will be on offer at the weekend’s Winter Festival, of which we are the proud sponsors.

Here are some details on the action set to take place between Wednesday and Sunday, starting in Ireland.

This week’s racing in Ireland (Wednesday to Sunday):

Wednesday 28th November

Punchestown, 12:25pm, a card that features a €20,000 Rated Novice Chase

Thursday 29th November

Thurles, 12:15pm, a card that features a €20,000 Irish Stallion Farms Mares EBF Hurdle

Friday 30th November

Dundalk, 6pm (earlier if a race divides), card that features the 12-furlong €25,000 Irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap. Over €100,000 in prize-money is once again on offer on the card

Limerick, 12:15pm, a jumping card

Saturday 1st December

Fairyhouse, 12:15pm, day one of the two-day BARONERACING.COM sponsored Winter Festival,  card that includes the:

  • €32,500 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Handicap ‘Chase
  • €50,000 EasyFix Handicap ‘Chase

Sunday 2nd December

Fairyhouse, 12:35pm, the second and final day of the Winter Festival, a card that carries over €700,000 in prize-money and includes the following races, all of them sponsored by BARONERACING.COM:

  • A €32,500 Grade 3 Juvenile Hurdle
  • The €90,000 Grade 1 Royal Bond Novice Hurdle
  • The €125,000 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle
  • The €100,000 Download the BARONERACING.COM App Handicap Hurdle
  • The €90,000 Grade 1 Drinmore Novice ‘Chase
  • The €50,000, 1800 624 524 BAR ONE RACING Telebetting Porterstown Handicap ‘Chase

This week’s racing in Britain (Wednesday to Sunday):

Wednesday 28th November

Hereford, 12:35pm, a jumping meeting

Wetherby, 12:45pm, a jumping meeting

Wolverhampton, 1:45pm, a flat meeting on the all-weather surface

Newcastle, 3:15pm, a flat meeting on the all-weather surface

Thursday 29th November

Warwick, 12:05pm, a jumping meeting

Ayr, 12:45pm, a jumping meeting

Taunton, 1pm, a jumping meeting

Kempton, 5:30pm, a flat meeting on the all-weather surface

Chelmsford, 5:45pm, a flat meeting on the all-weather surface

Friday 30th November

Southwell, 11:50am, a flat meeting on the all-weather surface, on that features a £20,000 Conditions Stakes race

Doncaster, midday, a jumping meeting

Newbury, 12:10pm, a jumping meeting, a card that features the:

  • £40,000 Grade 2 Berkshire Novices’ Chase
  • £50,000 Ladbrokes Handicap Chase
  • £50,000 Long Distance Hurdle
  • £20,000 Fulke Walwyn Chase
  • £35,000 handicap hurdle

Newcastle, 5:45pm, a flat meeting on the all-weather surface

Saturday 1st December

Newcastle, 11:50am, a card that features the:

  • £110,000 Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle
  • £70,000 Rehearsal Chase (a Listed Race)

Doncaster, midday, a card that features £21,800 novices’ limited handicap chase

Newbury, 12:10pm, a card that features the:

  • £40,000 Grade 2 John Francome Novices’ Chase
  • £40,000 Sir Peter O’Sullevan Handicap Chase
  • A £40,000 handicap hurdle
  • £50,000 Gerry Feilden Hurdle (a Listed Race)
  • £250,000 Ladbrokes Trophy Handicap Chase
  • £40,000 Jim Joel Memorial Trophy Handicap Chase

Bangor-On-Dee, 12:20pm, a jumping meeting

Wolverhampton, 5:45pm, a flat meeting on the all-weather surface, one that features a £19,000 handicap

Sunday 2nd December

Carlisle,12:20pm, an excellent card, one that carries £212,000 in prize-money. Five of the races are series finals worth £30,000 or £35,000 and there is also a mares’ Listed chase that is worth £30,000. Ireland’s Willie Mullins won it last year with subsequent Cheltenham Festival and Punchestown Festival winner, Benie des Dieux. Willie, and other Irish trainers, could yet be represented in this year’s race

Leicester, 12:40pm, a card that should have featured a £30,000 veterans’ handicap chase but, owing to the dry weather will now be an ALL-HURDLE race card

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