Saturday Fairyhouse tips – Best bets for the day’s Irish racing action

We give our Saturday Fairyhouse tips and best bets as we look over the day’s sole racecard in Ireland.

While five meetings head to post across the UK on Saturday which includes top quality racing from both Newbury and Newcastle there is also a good fixture taking place in Ireland at Fairyhouse where there is Grade Two racing as well as some competitive handicaps on the agenda.

An eight-race card faces an early start, getting underway from 11.30am and we’ve looked through the day’s racing action to pick out our Saturday Fairyhouse tips and best bets.


12:00 Fairyhouse – Rybo Ladies National Handicap Chase (5yo+) 2m5f

HOKE COLBURN has found some progression for this yard over fences and the Beneficial gelding has found the frame in each of his last four starts since returning from a lengthy absence.

He’s finished runner-up the last twice in outings at Galway and Clonmel latterly, finishing just over one length adrift of Spancil Hill having travelled well into the race but unable to quite match the winner’s effort.

That form has been done little harm with the fourth horse home subsequently finding only one too good in a stronger race next time and a 2lbs rise in the weights for that latest finish may not anchor him given he could yet have more to offer.

With a good value 5lbs claimer on his back he is expected to give another good account and no surprise if he goes close again.

12:30 Fairyhouse – EasyFix Equine Handicap Chase (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m½f

KILDORRERY hasn’t won since scoring at Punchestown two years ago but Ted Walsh’s charge could make his presence felt here and if building on his recent run in the Fortria Chase then he ought to go close.

The Arakan gelding has some good form to his name in defeat where he’s tackled Graded company on more than one occasion and he stepped up on an inauspicious return to action over hurdles to finish third when last seen at Navan back over fences behind Castlegrace Paddy.

He can give another good account of himself back in a handicap where his rider can take off a handy 5lbs and with quite a few of his rivals struggling form form he can make his presence felt.

Saturday Fairyhouse tips. Willie Mullins can saddle a winner on the card.

Saturday Fairyhouse tips. Willie Mullins can saddle a winner on the card.

1:36 Fairyhouse – Kettles Country House Supporting Fingal Ravens GAA Maiden Hurdle (Div I) (4yo+) 2m

HOOK UP was a winner on the flat in France prior to joining the Willie Mullins camp and the No Risk At All filly was immediately thrust into a Grade Three juvenile contest on his debut for the Closutton maestro where he acquitted himself well in finishing third behind Burning Victory.

Subsequently disappointing in the Triumph Hurdle behind the same rival at the Cheltenham Festival where she beat only two home there’s likely more to come from her over timber and this is a much easier assignment she faces on her return to action.

Representing a yard in good form she is given another chance to build on the potential she had shown on her first start for Mullins and a Grade One entry over Christmas suggests she’s well regarded so there’s every likelihood of better to come and she can get off the mark now over timber.

2:46 Fairyhouse – Irish Racing Industry Fundraiser For Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-130) 2m3½f

KING ALEX has found progression this term to reel off a brace of wins at Ballinrobe and Navan respectively and Barry Connell’s charge can land the hat-trick.

The Born King gelding has clearly been suited by the step up in distance following his switch to this yard, latterly running out a three lengths’ victor over Presenting Meghan and a subsequent winner has since come out of that contest.

Arguably fortunate given he was being challenged when left clear at the last he has more on his plate having been raised 6lbs; but he looks to be going the right way and while the drop back in trip is a slight worry he represents a yard in good fettle and it would be no surprise to see another big performance.