Monday tips for Fairyhouse – Irish horse racing best bets on 22 February

Monday tips for Fairyhouse’s meeting

Irish jumps racing continues on Monday and we’ve picked out our best bets on the card and give our Monday tips for Fairyhouse.

A new week of Irish horse racing action kicks off with action over the sticks and a seven-race card awaits punters at Fairyhouse.

Sadly there’s little of quality on show that was the case on Sunday at Navan where there was Grade Two action and some classy performances; but nevertheless there is still some competitive racing action taking place and we’ve looked over the fixture to pick out our Monday tips for Fairyhouse and best bets through the card.


1:55 Fairyhouse – Sign Up To Our Newsletter At Maiden Hurdle (4yo) 2m

HALIFAX finished runner-up in his first and only start on the flat in France prior to joining Joseph O’Brien and the Saddler Maker gelding showed up well switched to hurdles at Naas last month.

Sporting a first-time tongue-tie he finished just four lengths fifth behind Coltor, possibly just needing the run and experience but likely to do better with that outing under his belt.

He did make a few little mistakes late on which wouldn’t have helped but the form of that run was boosted when third-placed Zoffanien subsequently chased home Druid’s Altar at Naas recently. Now having had a run he can improve and he can make his presence felt in the opening race on the card.

Monday racing tips at Fairyhouse. Joseph O'Brien can saddle a winner on the card.

Monday racing tips at Fairyhouse. Joseph O’Brien can saddle a winner on the card.

2:30 Fairyhouse – Fairyhouse Bobbyjo Chase Day 27th February Mares Maiden Hurdle (Div I) (4yo+) 2m

MT LEINSTER hasn’t been seen for a while but the Gold Well mare went from strength to strength between the flags, reeling off a hat-trick of wins in that discipline and now switching to hurdling it might be worth chancing Colin Bowe’s charge to make a winning start to life under Rules.

Her last run came more than a year ago when beating Double Smart at Kirklistown, but she had also won at Carrigarostic the time before following more than eight months off the track so she’s shown she can go well fresh and her wins have come on a variety of underfoot conditions which show her versatility and she can handle the heavy ground here.

Jordan Gainford’s 7lbs claim could be crucial and the allowance further strengthens her credentials in what could prove a decent opportunity for her to get off the mark in this sphere.

3:30 Fairyhouse – Racing From Home Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 2m

COOLE ARCADE has finished in the frame in his last couple of outings and the Arcadio gelding might be worth sticking with to get off the mark here.

John O Clifford’s charge finished third at Punchestown in December having pulled up the time before and he went one better at Tramore on New Years’ Day where he found only Shakeytry too strong by little more than one length.

He’s only 2lbs higher in the weights but this doesn’t look a particularly strong heat and he can make his presence felt once more where a repeat of that latest effort might be good enough here to see him get off the mark.

4:30 Fairyhouse – Fairyhouse Easter Festival 3rd – 5th April Maiden Hurdle (Div II) (4yo+) 2m3½f

FIRE SQUADRON wasn’t knocked about on his debut at Down Royal earlier in the month, shaping as if he’d be better for the experience when finishing seventh behind Decimation where he was beaten around thirty lengths.

His cause wasn’t helped by a mistake three out and then being badly hampered by a faller at the next so he could be capable of better and he can improve for that initial experience.

Gordon Elliott’s charge also goes up in trip for this latest run which could unlock some progression in the Fame And Glory gelding and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close here.