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Joseph O’Brien boasts a profitable record with his 2yos at Fairyhouse (+£16.80), and his representative here Velocidad is bred to be useful, but many of her relatives would find this 6f far too short, so she may be one for further down the line. Andrew Slattery’s Doitforandrew has seen the racecourse on three occasions, running well enough each time. Last week, dropped to 5f, he finished well for a never-nearer second at Cork. He got to within 3l of Harmony Rose that day who went on to finished second at Group level on her next start. This step back up in trip will suit the son of Ribchester, and could be the one to put his experience to good use. 


The two winning 3yos are well-treated in this sprint contest, but both arrive with questions to answer. Magnanimous is the top-rated in the event, but it’s questionable as to whether he wants further than this 6f trip to be at his best. Queens Carriage is at home over the distance, but has done her winning on the all-weather so needs to bring that form to the turf on her first start of the season. Verhoyen looks a solid bet off the back of an all-the-way victory at the Curragh, making all under Billy Lee and stretching clear when asked. That was a step up on his form last term which ended at a solid level having finished fifth in a competitive handicap at the same venue behind Mr Lupton, a race that has worked out fairly well.

Rosa Dartle

It’s worth taking note when Mick Halford enters one in a claimer with his strike-rate in such events nearly double that of his overall winning rate. Get away quicker than last time and Rosa Dartle has a great chance to improve that record further. She lost a few lengths at the start of a mile contest at Dundalk last month, but still managed to get up for a clear second for all that she had no chance with the eventual winner. She was running there off a mark of 62 and while this isn’t a handicap, a performance to that sort of mark would see her far and away the most likely winner here on current form. She, like many others here, has to prove this trip is in her locker, but the way she finished off on the polytrack last time gives plenty of hope.

Ethics Approval

Soft ground over 10 furlongs looked to be the bread and butter for this Bated Breath gelding when running a career best on his penultimate run in 2020. He was 2½l off the winner that day, 8l clear of the third and the form looks rock solid with the victor winning his next three and now boasts an official rating 21lbs higher than that day. Ethics Approval was only seen once more last term, splitting plenty of subsequent winners in fifth at Haydock. How fit he’ll be first time up for new trainer Stephen Carey, who is having his first representative on the flat, remains open to question. He has, however sent out a quartet of runners in the National Hunt sphere in the last couple of months who have run up to near their marks on seasonal return, so there’s hope he’ll have the 4yo ready for this. 

About Fairyhouse Racecourse

One of Ireland’s premier racecourses and home to the Irish Grand National, Fairyhouse has been hosting racing since 1848. While flat racing does take place at the County Meath venue it is national hunt racing that really shines here.

The three-day Easter meeting on which the Irish National falls sees two Grade 1s and a handful of Grade 2 and 3 contests, while the Hattons Grace Hurdle meeting in December is one of the best of the winter. A wide galloping track, but with particularly stiff fences, the track is ideal for finding the best around.

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