Fairyhouse provides further opportunities this evening for many of the lesser lights in flat racing to help pay their way with a difficult enough card featuring four tricky handicaps for patrons to sort out.
The heavy showers which hit the Meath venue last Saturday have resulted in the going changing from the fairly fast conditions experienced during last Wednesday’s similar fixture to the easy side of good.
Most of the leading trainers are involved to some extent tonight with champion Aidan O’Brien hoping to strike with either of the Galileo colts Cape Blanco or Battleoftrafalgar in the Blanchardstown Race for juveniles.
Locally-based Ger Lyons saddles Baglioni with champion apprentice Emmet McNamara’s valuable claim negating most of the 6lb penalty the colt incurred when scoring over the minimum trip at Dundalk.
It remains to be seen if the top weight in particular takes the extra quarter mile here in his stride along with the more exposed Xtraxtra as Cape Blanco and Battleoftrafalgar make their debuts for Ballydoyle.
The preceding Median Auction Maiden for fillies likewise sees Dundalk third Bada Bling from the Lyons yard stretching out an extra two furlongs now, although preference is for Tyrone-based Andy Oliver’s Buona Sarah which was noted making good late headway behind Velvet Flicker at Leopardstown.
The Macetown Maiden for older horses features a couple of well-bred newcomers in Rahy’s daughter Penthesilea Eile from Coolcullen and the Street Cry colt Denis Of Kerry. Preference on pedigree is for the former in the colours of Dungarvan’s Mick Ryan even if the Aga Khan’s Dalakhani colt Shiyrman could be a prime fancy to continue Michael Halford’s rich vein of form.
Shiyrman’s stablemate Tapioca could gain a valuable bracket in the Ballyhack Handicap while penalties might not anchor Navan scorer Kardyls Hope and course specialist The Last Stand at either end of the Jackpot.