Saturday 19 January 2019

Call It set to work Magic

Call It Magic, with Ruby Walsh on board, on the way to winning the Kone Handicap Chase at Galway back in November
Call It Magic, with Ruby Walsh on board, on the way to winning the Kone Handicap Chase at Galway back in November

With a threat of frost overnight Fairyhouse were forced to call a 7.30am inspection this morning but should the Meath venue get the all clear to race punters can look forward to a decent card.

The Book Easter Festival Tickets Online At Fairyhouse.ie Rated Chase looks to be a very suitable opportunity for Ross O'Sullivan's CALL IT MAGIC (3.50) to return to winning ways as he returns back over fences.


Unsuccessful when over hurdles at Thurles last time, Call It Magic previously won his last two efforts over fences in decent company and he looks to have the ability to oblige again despite having to concede weight to each of his five rivals.

On official ratings the conditions of the race look to suit O'Sullivan's eight-year-old and Andrew Lynch would be likely to keep it simple and make the running on the former point-to-pointer who should be able to see off the likes of Bay Of Freedom and Westerner Point.

Plenty of races on the card will attract varying opinions from punters and cases can be made for plenty of horses throughout the card but JENNYS MELODY (4.20) is one that stood out as having a solid chance in the mares beginners chase.

On her best form Whistle Dixie would have claims and both Girly Girl and Golden Flowerpower will be fancied by their connections but if replicating her best form over hurdles, Jennys Melody may just prove too good.

She ran a cracker at Punchestown when a massive price behind Killultagh Vic and anything near that sort of effort should be good enough to potentially give Andrew Lynch a quick fire double.

Racing is due to begin with a couple of maiden hurdles and PARK PADDOCKS (1.45) showed enough at Naas to suggest he'd be up to winning a race like this for Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown.

Purchased off the flat in England, Park Paddocks made an encouraging debut just over a week ago and if able to build on that experience he can provide Jack Kennedy with yet another winner.

The mares maiden hurdle that follows looks a much trickier race to unravel but Paul Nolan's CASTAFIORE PARK (2.15) just appears the one to side with.

Runner-up in a bumper last time, she wasn't disgraced when starting off over hurdles and it would certainly be a welcome winner for jockey Bryan Cooper who is without a winner in Ireland since winning on Beyond The Law at Limerick over Christmas.

Fresh from his Grade One brace at the weekend, Joseph O'Brien could be again among the winners today with the four-year-old Apparition picked to win under JJ Slevin. Running in the colours of the Rugby And Racing Syndicate, Apparation has to overcome a bit of a break as he was last seen finishing well behind Triumph Hurdle favourite Apple's Shakira at Cheltenham in November but prior to that he won nicely at Thurles and ran with credit behind Espoir D'allen so this would appear a winnable opportunity on his best form.

Fairyhouse today

1.45 Park Paddocks

2.15 Castafiore Park

2.45 Apparition

3.20 Wee Small Hours

3.50 Call It Magic

4.20 Jennys Melody

4.50 Head Turner

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