Anna in the Mix to finally live up to hype at Fairyhouse
Fairyhouse have just the six races down for decision for their replacement fixture this afternoon but there are some nice types set to run throughout the card.
Owner Rich Ricci could be forgiven for feeling somewhat nostalgic over the last week or so as he has watched both Douvan and Faugheen show some spark of old to win, while the betting for the Champion Hurdle sees one of his horses prominent on the list following Saldier's win on Saturday.
Around about this time last year the main talking horse belonging to Ricci was a French import called ANNAMIX (1.35, Fairyhouse) and after being delayed by quick ground conditions, Annamix failed to live up to his hype when making an Irish debut at Limerick last Christmas.
The six-year-old did subsequently win a maiden in Clonmel in March and remains a novice for another few weeks so the picking out of this race would appear good placing by champion trainer Willie Mullins.
Three of Annamix's rivals were winners last time out but if returning to his potential on this occasion the Mullins runner should have too much class on this occasion.
Mullins later runs Concertista in the 150th Irish Grand National 2020 Mares Maiden Hurdle and this looks like a match between the Cheltenham Festival runner-up and Henry de Bromhead's newcomer TELMESOMETHINGGIRL (2.35, Fairyhouse).
The latter is given the nod over Concertista who was a big price when finishing second to her stable companion Eglantine Du Seuil in the Mares Novice Hurdle last season, as Telmesomethinggirl made a nice impression when winning a Point to Point earlier this season and has the benefit of a 9lbs allowance today.
It will be interesting to see how the Mags Mullins-trained DEBUCHET (12.35, Fairyhouse) fares out in the opening Fairyhouse Winter Festival November 30th & December 1st Rated Novice Chase.
The six-year-old was a a length and a quarter off winning the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham a couple of years ago and failed to ever reach the same sort of heights over hurdles.
He ended last season on a similar sort of rating to his rivals today but at his best, and if chases can reignite a spark in Debuchet, he could be an exciting horse to watch this afternoon.
Elsewhere on the card, Mark Walsh can continue his fine run of form with another winner for his boss, JP McManus, on the Fran Flood-trained WAKE UP EARLY (1.05, Fairyhouse).
The five-year-old failed to back up under a penalty last time out but this looks a weaker contest today.
THE VERY MAN (2.05, Fairyhouse) was a faller on his hurdling debut but can make sure Gordon Elliott doesn't leave his local track without a winner today.