Barney O'Hare of bar One Racing, Willie Mullins & Bar One Racing Drinmore Chasee Runner Sharjah
Impaire Et Passe is the latest star to put an unbeaten record on the line in the Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle as he makes his seasonal return for trainer Willie Mullins on the second day of the Fairyhouse Winter Festival on Sunday.
In the same race a year ago, the winning streak of the legendary Honeysuckle came to an end behind Teahupoo and Gordon Elliott’s charge is one of four standing between Impaire Et Passe and a fifth consecutive win over hurdles.
Ashroe Diamond, another trained by Willie Mullins, is no stranger to success at Fairyhouse having won the Grade 1 Irish EBF Honeysuckle Mares Novice Hurdle at the course in April, and she also takes her chance alongside Paul Gilligan’s improver Buddy One, and another from the Elliott yard, Zanahiyr.
The Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle is the first of three Grade 1 races on the day and the Henry de Bromhead-trained An Tobar and Gavin Cromwell’s Encanto Bruno head the eight declarations. Along with the Tom Mullins-trained Fascile Mode, the duo represent proper opposition to Gordon Elliott’s team of Farren Glory, What’s Up Darling and King Of Kingsfield and the Willie Mullins-trained Bialystok and Horantzau D’airy.
A fine renewal of the Grade 1 Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase is on the cards and again Gavin Cromwell could be the man to beat as he runs both Letsbeclearaboutit and Perceval Legallois. Irish Grand National winner I Am Maximus and multiple Grade 1-winning hurdler Sharjah turn out for Willie Mullins while Gordon Elliott relies on Found A Fifty.
There are 19 declarations for the Bar One Racing ‘Extra Places’ Handicap Hurdle with the Tom Gibney-trained Flamborough, Paul Nolan’s Conyers Hill and the Gordon Elliott-trained top-weight Magic Tricks all bidding to add to recent wins.
A field of 18 will line out for the Bar One Racing Porterstown Handicap Chase with the Robert Tyner-trained Sir Bob and Declan Queally’s My Design among them, while Gordon Elliott’s Kala Conti, Joseph O'Brien’s Nurburgring and the Henry de Bromhead-trained Nara are among the 10 horses facing the starter in the Grade 3 Bar One Racing 'Price Boosts Across All Channels' Juvenile Hurdle.
Barney O’Hare of Bar One Racing, said, “Bar One Racing is incredibly privileged and proud to continue to sponsor the Fairyhouse Winter Festival. The Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle, the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase and the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle attract all the top trainers and horses of such a high calibre. As a company, we pride ourselves on our continued commitment to Irish racing.”
Peter Roe, Manager of Fairyhouse Racecourse, said: “We are looking forward to another informative day’s racing on Sunday and the fact it produced six Cheltenham festival winners and 13 subsequent Grade 1 winners last year is fresh in the mind. While the forecast is cold for the weekend, we are very hopeful that racing will take place on both days.”
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