Fairyhouse fever

Irish racing this weekend is on the all weather at Dundalk on Friday night and also at Fairyhouse on Saturday and Sunday. There is also a meeting in Wexford on Saturday.   The main sponsor in Fairyhouse, the first of the NH seasons big meetings, on Sunday is Roscommon developer Sean Mulryan with the big race the Ballymore Properties Hatton’s Grace hurdle on Sunday.   There are 12 horses left in at the forfeit stage for this race and Noel Meade has 3 standing, Amitov, recent Morgiana Hurdle winner Jazz Messenger and Rosaker, as has Jessica Harrington, Mac’s Joy, Hide The Evidence and Studmaster.    Willie Mullins has Cheltenham Festival winner Ebaziyan and Glencove Marina, have 2 each. However they may all have to give way to Michael Bowe’s Sweet Kiln, stable mate of Limestone Lad and Solerina who won this race 6 times in the last 10 years when trained by Michael’s father Jim.    12 horses are also left in the Ballymore Properties Drinmore Novice Chase over two and a half miles.   Paul Nolan’s French Accordion steps to Grade 1 and tries to extend his winning sequence to five in a row and he should land the spoils after winning the Fortria Chase at Navan in great style last time out. This fellow was fancied by a lot of Irish punters to win in the Cheltenham Open meeting but did not run. However Charlie Swan’s Drunken Disorderly, unbeaten in 2 runs over fences, and Edward O’Grady’s recent Cork winner Sky’s The Limit will be strongly fancied and will give Nolan’s horse plenty to do.    French Accordion was also entered in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury. There is a Jackpot Guaranteed Pool of €10,000 on Sunday.   On Saturday Tony Mullins introduces triple bumper and Cheltenham hurdle winner Pedrobob over fences in the Beginners Chase. A lot of people have been looking forward to this moment as the horse has always looked a chaser in the making. He won a bumper in Roscommon in 2005 with his owner Barry Connell in the saddle.   There is also a horse noted in the bumper Morgansaccord which was quietly fancied to win the abandoned bumper at the recent Cheltenham meeting for John Hanlon and will have a good each way chance.    Meade’s Chateau D’eau and Colm Murphy’s Kimberlite King, both dual bumper winners will dominate the market.    The Irish challenge for the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury is headed by Willie Mullins’ Snowy Morning and Alexander Taipan,   Tony Martin’s Patsy Hall and Pat Hughes’ Point Barrow. Paul Nolan’s French Accordion, Tom Taffee’s Slim Pickings and Michael Hourigan’s Mossbank are all entered but won’t be travelling. They will have to beat Kauto Star’s stablemate top weighted Denman to collect this prize.   John Queally sends Al Eile over to Newcastle on Saturday for two-mile WBX.COM ‘Fighting Fifth’ Hurdle. He thinks that the step back in trip and favourable ground at Newcastle will suit the horse.    Other Irish entries are the Noel Meade pair of Harchibald and Jazz Messenger, Willie Mullins’ Ebaziyan and Eddie O’Grady’s Clopf   Queally’s 7-Y-O gelding by Alzao finished fourth on the flat in Newmarket’s Cesarewitch last time out. He has also won 2 Aintree Hurdles run over half a mile further.   Across channel last weekend Paul Nichols luck took a turn for the better when Sam Thomas brought home probably the number one chaser in the islands, Kauto Star, in the Bet Fair Chase at Haydock, the first leg of the £1 million pound bonus treble which he won last year. Under Sam Thomas he held on from his old adversary Exotic Star once again by ½l.    Now it’s onto Kempton for the King George and then all staying well the Gold Cup in March where he will probably meet Exotic Dancer again and again.   I note a horse called Oversighted in the mile handicap at Dundalk. This horse is 5 th reserve and trained outside Galway by Yvonne Dunleavy for a syndicate, which I believe includes a couple of Roscommon people. He recently ran disappointingly at Wolverhampton over a shorter trip of 6f but might appreciate the longer trip here if he gets in.   On the point to point scene there was a massive turnout of 150 horses at Magheney and 12 races including 4 divisions of the 5 & 6 Y-O geldings maiden.     Dot Love’s Roscommon winner Green Wellies was again ridden by young Aaron Murphy in the Winners of 2 and duly obliged to give the young jockey his 2 nd winner. This 5-Y-O son of Leading Counsel could turn out to be e very nice horse having won 2 of his 3 starts.    Philip Dempsey’s Roscommon runner-up Turn Up turned out once more and won the 4-Y-O geldings maiden.      The Island Hunt’s meeting at Ballydarragh outside Gorey has been put back to the 9 th December and will require new entries to be made.    Derek O’Connor with a double is now on the 24 winner mark for the season and Jamie Codd with 4 winners closed the gap to 11.     With the big Fairyhouse meeting this weekend there is only meeting scheduled with the United Hunt racing at Ballindenisk, Watergrasshill, Cork on Sunday.  * Once more let’s know if you, the readers, are enjoying this column or if there are any other aspects of racing you would like dealt with. Contact me by e-mail:  horses.forcourses@yahoo.com