Fairyhouse Best Bets – Four Selections from Sunday’s Meeting in Ireland
Fairyhouse Horse Racing Tips – Sunday November 28
Sunday’s racing at Fairyhouse contains three Grade 1s among an enthralling card. Our editor has picked out their best bets within the eight races.
Hurricane Georgie (12:00 Bar One Racing Sign Up Bet 10 Get 50 Irish EBF Mares Handicap Chase)
This four-year-old only made her debut in June and that was over hurdles. Since then, HURRICANE GEORGIE has run eight times, making her chase debut in September and has swiftly taken to the discipline better than timber.
She was a winner on her first start after Gordon Elliott retook the reins at Cullentra. She has then run in two Grade 3s, finding two miles too sharp at Roscommon, but then significantly improving with a slight increase in distance to be second at Punchestown.
That is very good form in the context of this race even taking into account the age and sex allowances she received in both those races. She’ll still be in receipt of 8lbs in any handicap until the turn of the year and it would be disappointing if she could not win this now up further in trip.
Three Stripe Life (1:05 BARONERACING.COM Royal Bond Novice Hurdle)
A lot of pre-race focus has been on Gavin Cromwell’s My Mate Mozzie who has made a fine start to his hurdles career. However, the praise for his win in the Grade 3 For Auction Novice Hurdle may be slightly overdone given his chief rival came down when still challenging at the last.
As such, THREE STRIPE LIFE is taken against him, as he looks overpriced based on his bumper form, which was easily the best in this field: he was fourth in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival and was talked up as a prospect for the future.
He did a lot wrong over course and distance on his hurdles debut, including a very bad mistake at the last. However, he should have learned plenty for that experience and might prefer a greater test of his ability in terms of settling into the race.
Davy Russell is onboard ahead of stablemate Mighty Potter and he can cause a shudder in the antepost markets for later Grade 1s this season.
Beacon Edge (1:35 BARONERACING.COM Drinmore Novice Chase)
Two lesser hurdlers, Gabynako and Lifetime Ambition, have recorded victories where BEACON EDGE has not, but their favouritism can be brought into question.
In their respective wins, they both gained an easy advantage on the front end and though it is notable that both took to chasing more naturally, Beacon Edge is taken to overturn form with the latter and prove too strong for the former.
He was the best of these over timber and took time to warm to his fences in that debut at Down Royal, also racing wide. However, by the end, he was jumping far more fluently and it would not take too much to see him come home in front.
He has also been entered in beginners events recently, so it is significant that connections have opted for this Grade 1 event instead. Grand Paradis and Midnight Run are others who can run well.
The Dabbler (2:05 BARONERACING.COM Porterstown Handicap Chase)
Although Fairyhouse is due for some rain tomorrow morning, it is unlikely to be so biblical as to change the ground drastically.
As such, of those going for this handicap, run over the same course and distance as the Irish Grand National, the horse with the best form on ground quicker than soft is THE DABBLER who has also been a steady improver.
His two victories over fences have come since August and over roughly three miles. He would have made that three wins had the line come a stride sooner at Galway last month, but he promises to be suited by going up further in distance and though he’s officially 1lb out the handicap, he’d probably have been raised to this rating had he held on on his last start. That he is therefore carrying the lightest weight is likely to his benefit as well.