Fairyhouse: It’s off and on
Fairyhouse last night made an attempt to beat the weather for Sunday's big-race card by opting to postpone tomorrow's meeting.
With freezing conditions taking a grip here and across the Irish Sea, the executive at the Meath track contacted Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) and it was decided to transfer its Saturday fixture to next Thursday.
Fairyhouse manager Peter Roe said: “With three top quality Grade One races on the premier day of NH racing in Ireland, we want to do everything possible to preserve Sunday's card.
“In light of the adverse weather forecast we feel the ground might be unable to take two days racing back-to- back. We'll be putting frost covers at the take-off and landings of all fences and hurdles to protect Sunday's ground.”
Already, across the water, the meeting at Newcastle tomorrow was abandoned because of thick snow, and the featured Fighting Fifth Hurdle is likely to be rescheduled to Wetherby tomorrow week — just as it was two years ago.
Meanwhile, the jockeys' musical chairs over Nicky Henderson's keynote staying chasers tomorrow has finally ended. Barry Geraghty is wasting to his lowest weight in a decade to ride Burton Port in the Hennessy and the deposed Andrew Tinkler will now partner the Queen's Barbers Shop.
Geraghty had switched to China Rock after admitting he would struggle to ride at close to 10st, but the Mouse Morris inmate doesn't run.
“I'm going to get down to 10st 1lb,” Geraghty said. “I haven't done that light for 10 years, but it's worth it for this horse.”
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