2019 Bar One Racing Day tips – 14/1 Grade One treble for Fairyhouse on Sunday
Jon Vine takes a look through the betting for the three Grade Ones on Bar One Racing Day at Fairyhouse and provides readers with his tips on Sunday 1st December.
Sunday marks a huge day on the Irish racing calendar, as a passionate crowd flock to Fairyhouse to take in all of the tremendous action on Bar One Racing Day. Sunday’s card is highlighted by three fantastic Grade Ones – one for novice hurdlers and another for novice chasers, before the crowd is treated to another thrilling renewal of the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle.
I’ve taken a look through the betting for all three of these fantastic races at Fairyhouse and rolled my selections into this treble with William Hill.
Sunday’s Grade One Treble
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1:00pm Baroneracing.com Royal Bond Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m
The way Midnight Run dispatched of a classy mare in Colreevy on his hurdling debut was hugely impressive and Joseph O’Brien’s youngster should be very competitive in Grade One company this term. I, however, have found myself completely besotted with ENVOI ALLEN (TRB) and I’m simply not prepared to side against Gordon Elliott’s budding star.
Last year’s Champion Bumper is proving to be an exceptionally good race. Envoi Allen and runner-up, Blue Sari both won first time out over hurdles and third-placed Thyme Hill has already won two Grade Twos this season. Elliott could turn Abacadabras out against his stablemate on Sunday, having impressed in his own maiden hurdle, and The Glancing Queen powered to victory in the Graded bumper for mares at Aintree a few weeks after finishing fifth at Cheltenham.
Envoi Allen barely touched a twig when faced with hurdles for the first time, running out a convincing winner without ever coming off the bridle. Front View was left trailing six lengths in his wake that day and Joseph O’Brien’s charge could re-oppose this weekend, having boosted the form with an impressive victory of his own next time out. He will have to improve leaps and bounds if he wants to turn the tables on Envoi Allen though, and I’m hoping Sunday’s Royal Bond will be the first of many for this talented young horse.
1:30pm Baroneracing.com Drinmore Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m4f
Irish Grand National winner, Burrows Saint will no longer be a novice on Monday, so this is his final opportunity to run against first-season chasers. The betting suggests he’s the least-fancied of the four principles, but Willie Mullins’ National winner certainly warrants respect. As does Ronald Pump, who secured victory in impressive fashion on his chasing debut but, like Burrows Saint, Matthew Smith’s classy novice looks to be crying out for longer trips.
It would be wonderful to see Samcro bounce back to his best and claim an overdue Grade One. Yet, I find myself drawn more to FAKIR D’OUDAIRIES (NAP), who jumped better than the favourite when seeing off Melon on his chasing debut and this extended trip could bring about further improvement.
Whereas Samcro tended to jump right at many of his fences, Fakir D’Oudairies leapt like a seasoned chaser at Navan, and was gradually pulling away from Melon as the duo crossed the finishing line. Being a four-year-old, Joseph O’Brien’s novice will be gaining weight on his elders on Sunday and switching to a right-handed track won’t be an issue, judging by the way he beat Fast Buck in a maiden at Cork last autumn.
Like Envoi Allen, I think Fakir D’Oudairies is destined to go right to the top this term and he could have Samcro’s number this weekend.
2:40pm Baroneracing.com Hatton’s Grace Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m4f
Apple’s Jade will bid to become the first four-time winner of this great race on Sunday, but the odds are seemingly stacked against Gordon Elliott’s star. All the evidence at hand suggests Apple’s Jade is on the decline as a top-level performer and Elliott could find no excuses for her lengthy defeat in the Lismullen Hurdle last month. At 9/2, she offers little appeal.
Despite Benie Des Dieux’s absence, Willie Mullins looks set to play a very strong hand and, with Grade One winners Penhill and Bacardys both in with a shout. I, however, would rather side with the new girl on the block and back HONEYSUCKLE (NB) to make a big impression on her first start in open company.
Henry De Bromhead’s mare is unbeaten over jumps and would surely have won the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle had she made it to the Festival. Honeysuckle’s two most recent victories have come at Fairyhouse, winning the Grade One Mares’ Novices’ Finale at the end of last season, before hacking up to secure a convincing victory on her reappearance.
A three-time course-and-distance winner, Honeysuckle clearly loves running here at Fairyhouse and Honeysuckle has done some of her best work on soft ground. Benie Des Dieux is a multiple Grade One winner over this trip, but I think she’s even more effective over three miles and I’m hoping Honeysuckle will have a little too much pace for her rival on the run to the line.