Irish Racing builds up to Easter Festival at Fairyhouse

It's the Easter Festival Irish Grand National meeting coming-up at Fairyhouse this weekend

Will Reilly and Shane McArdle with all the UK and Irish racing action for the next eight days

The highlight of this week’s racing in Ireland is undoubtedly the start of the Easter Festival meeting at Fairyhouse which begins on Sunday.

In Britain, the Craven Stakes at Newmarket should furnish us with some 2,000 Guineas pointers on Wednesday, while the All-Weather Championships finals take place at Lingfield on Friday.

Racing in Ireland between Monday April 15 and Tuesday April 23 – the British racing follows on

Monday April 15

Tramore, 4:55pm – A National Hunt card*

*Abandoned due to adverse weather

Tuesday April 16

No racing in Ireland

Wednesday April 17

Dundalk, 5:45pm – An all-weather flat card

Thursday April 18

Clonmel, 4:30pm – A flat card that features the €19,500 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden (9f, 3yo and 4yo)

Friday April 19

Good Friday – no racing in Ireland

Saturday April 20

Cork, 1:20pm – A flat card that features the €26,000 Buy Tickets Online And Save On Admission Tickets Handicap (one mile, 4yo+)

Sunday April 21

Cork, 1:40pm – A National Hunt Card that features the following races:

  • €50,000 Grade B Easter Handicap Hurdle (2m3f, 4yo+
  • €32,500 Grade 3 Imperial Call ‘Chase (3 miles, 5yo+)
  • €20,000 Dine In Panoramic Restaurant Hurdle (2 miles, 4yo+)

Fairyhouse, 1:50pm – A National Hunt card, day one of three days of racing for the Easter Festival, the Irish Grand National meeting; the opening day features these races:

  • €100,000 Grade 1 Ryanair Gold Cup Novice ‘Chase (2m4f, 5yo+)
  • €100,000 Grade 1 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final (2m4f, 4yo+)
  • €100,000 Tattersalls Ireland George Mernagh Memorial Sales Bumper (2 miles, 4yo and 5yos)
  • €50,000 novices’ handicap ‘chase (2 miles, 5yo+)

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Monday April 22

Cork, 1:50pm – A National Hunt card that contains three hunter chases

Fairyhouse, 2:05pm – It is Irish Grand National day, with the key races being:

  • €500,000 Irish Grand National ‘Chase (Grade A, 3m5f, 5yo+), which is due off at 5pm
  • €100,000 Grade 2 Devenish ‘Chase (2m4f, 5yo+)
  • €70,000 Grade 2 Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle (2m4f, 5yo+)
  • €50,000 Grade 2 Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Juvenile Hurdle (2 miles, 4yo only)
  • €30,000 Fairyhouse Steel Handicap Hurdle (2m6f, 4yo+)
  • €25,000 Fred Kenny Lifetime Service To Racing Handicap ‘Chase (3 miles, 5yo+)

Tuesday April 23

Fairyhouse, 2:10pm – The third and final day of the Irish Grand National meeting, a card that includes the following races:

  • €100,000 RYBO Handicap Hurdle (Grade A) (2 miles, 4yo+)
  • €55,000 INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Handicap Hurdle Series Final (Grade B, 3 miles, 5yo+)
  • €37,500 Grade 3 Grand National Festival John & Chich Fowler Memorial EBF Mares ‘Chase (2m4f, 5yo+)
  • €25,000 Fairyhouse Ladies National Handicap ‘Chase (2m6f, 5yo+)

Racing in Britain between Monday April 15 and Tuesday April 23

Monday April 15

Windsor, 2pm – A seven-race card

Hexham, 2:10pm – A seven-race card, consisting of three hurdle races, two handicap chases, a hunters’ chase and a bumper

Pontefract, 2:20pm – An eight-race card, including the £25,000 The RIU Hotels and Resorts Handicap Stakes

Tuesday April 16

Newmarket, 1:50pm – (Day one of the three-day Craven meeting) A seven-race card, includes:

  • £50,000 Listed Handicap
  • £40,000 Listed Feilden Stakes
  • £60,000 Group 3 The Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes

Exeter, 2:05pm – A seven-race card, including the £20,000 Devon Stayers Handicap Chase

Wolverhampton, 5:45pm – A six race card, including the feature £11,500 Conditions Stakes

Wednesday April 17

Newmarket, 1:50pm – (Day two of the three-day Craven meeting) A seven-race card, highlights include:

  • £25,000 Handicap race
  • £60,000 Group 3 Abernant Stakes
  • £60,000 Group 3 Craven Stakes

Cheltenham, 2:05pm – (Day one of the two-day April meeting) A seven-race card, including the folowing races:

  • Grade 2 £60,000 The Barchester Healthcare Silver Trophy Chase
  • £25,000 The Kingston Stud Handicap Hurdle
  • £25,000 The Weatherite Handicap Chase

Beverley, 2:15pm – A seven-race card, featuring a £12,000 Handicap

Southwell, 6pm – A six-race card

Thursday April 18

Newmarket, 1:50pm – (Final day of the three-day Craven meeting) A seven-race includes the following races:

  • two £25,000 Handicaps
  • £60,000 Group 3 Earl Of Sefton Stakes

Cheltenham, 2:05pm – (Day two of the two-day April meeting) – A seven-race card, including:

  • £25,000 Listed Glide Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle,
  • £40,000 Listed Mares’ Novices’ Chase Series Final,
  • £25,000 The Catesby Estates PLC Mares’ Handicap Race,
  • £20,000 The JRL Group Mares’ Handicap Chase,
  • £40,000 Grade 3 The Greg James After Party On Sale Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle
  • £25,000 The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Mares’ Handicap Chase

Ripon, 2:15pm – A seven-race card, including two £14,000 Handicaps

Chelmsford, 5:25pm – A seven-race card, featuring a £15,000 Handicap

Friday April 19 (Good Friday)

Lingfield, 1:30pm (All Weather Championships Finals Day) – A high and very valuable seven-race card, including:

  • £50,000 Apprentice Handicap
  • £150,000 All-Weather Marathon Championship Conditions Stakes
  • £150,000 All-Weather Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships Conditions Stakes
  • £150,000 All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes
  • £150,000 3-Year-Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes
  • £200,000 Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes
  • £150,000 All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes

Newcastle, 1:40pm – A seven-race card, including the following:

  • £20,000 Fillies’ Conditions Stakes
  • £100,000 Listed Burradon Stakes
  • £85,000 1M 4F Handicap

Bath, 1;50pm – A seven-race card that includes the following:

  • a £20,000 Conditions Stakes race
  • a £50,000 1M 3F Handicap
  • a £50,000 1M Handicap
  • the £55,000 Listed Whitsbury Manor Stud / British EBF Lansdown Stakes (for fillies and mares)

Saturday April 20

Kempton Park, 1:25pm (Easter Family Fun Day) – A seven-race card, including:

  • £25,000 5F Handicap,
  • £25,000 1M Conditions Stakes,
  • £25,000 1M Conditions Stakes,
  • £45,000 Listed Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes,
  • £25,000 6F Handicap Stakes
  • £25,000 1M 7F Handicap

Haydock, 1:30pm – A seven-race NH card, with six £50,000 races, which are a range of ‘Series Final’ race,s and a concluding £20,000 3M 4F Handicap Chase

Newton Abbot, 1:35pm (Easter Saturday Raceday) – A seven-race card, featuring the £18,400 The newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Chase

Carlisle, 1:40pm (Easter Family Fun Raceday) – A seven-race card, including a £13,000 2M 7F Novices’ Handicap Chase, a £12,500 2M 4F Handicap Chase and a £12,500 3M 1F Handicap Hurdle

Musselburgh, 1:50pm (Easter Saturday Raceday) – A seven-race card, including the following:

  • £20,000 Easter Handicap Stakes
  • £30,000 The Royal Mile Handicap
  • £50,000 The Scottish Sprint Cup Handicap
  • £100,000 The Queen’s Cup Stakes

Nottingham, 4:30pm – A seven-race card, featuring a £12,000 1M Handicap

Brighton, 4:45pm (Season Opener) – A seven-race card

Sunday April 21 (Easter Sunday)

Plumpton, 1:55pm – A seven-race card, featuring the £50,000 Sussex Champion Hurdle

Market Rasen, 2pm (Easter Family Extravaganza Raceday) – A seven-race card, featuring the £15,000 Racing TV Chase

Southwell, 2:05pm – A seven-race card, featuring a £9,900 2M Handicap

Ffos Las, 2:15pm – A six-race card, featuring the £25,400 West Wales National

Monday April 22 (Easter Monday)

Huntingdon, 1:40pm – A seven-race card, featuring a £20,000 2M 4F Handicap Chase

Fakenham, 1:45pm – A seven-race card, featuring the £30,000 Veterans’ Handicap Chase

Plumpton, 1:50pm – A seven-race card, featuring the £50,000 Sussex Champion Chase

Redcar, 1:55pm – A seven-race card, featuring a £15,000 5F Handicap

Chepstow, 2pm – A seven-race card, featuring a £11,300 2M 7F Handicap Chase

Wolverhampton, 2:10pm – A seven-race card

Tuesday April 23

Yarmouth, 1:30pm – A seven-race flat card

Sedgefield, 1:40pm – A seven-race card

Ludlow, 1:50pm – A seven-race card, including a £11,600 2miles Handicap Chase and a £18,600 Handicap Chase

Lingfield, 4:55pm – A seven-race card

Wolverhampton, 5:10pm – A seven-race card, featuring a £11,500 7F Handicap



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