Today's racecards

Fairyhouse

  • 12:20 Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle 2m

  • Winner €52,000 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 1.70s
  • Off time: 12:21:08
12:20 Fairyhouse Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Zaidpour (FR) 4/7
2nd Pineau De Re (FR) 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 4-1 Maroon, white inverted triangle, diabolo on sleeves, quartered cap Carloswayback (IRE) 38
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-10 P Nolan D N Russell 7/18.00
2 2/37-113 ROYAL BLUE & EMERALD GREEN DIAMONDS, emerald green sleeves, striped cap Mount Helicon 31
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-10 t T Hogan J L Cullen 109 16/117.00
3 41P2F-1 LIGHT TAN, red hoop, black sleeves, red hoop, red cap Perfect Smile (IRE) 50
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-10 t1 N Meade P Carberry 131 6/17.00
4 26173/1 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Pineau De Re (FR) 28
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-10 P Fenton B T O'Connell 14/115.00
5 4F1-311 DARK BLUE, light blue Cross of Lorraine, white cap The Shepherd King (IRE) 52
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-10 T Cooper B J Cooper 126 10/111.00
6 1 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Zaidpour (FR) 32
Nag me
4 11-7 W P Mullins P Townend 4/71.57

Verdict

ZAIDPOUR is bred to be a champion and it would be no surprise to see him tackling the very best after today. Willie Mullins' charge, a half-brother to Triumph Hurdle winner Zaynar out of a French Oaks winner, didn't have much to beat on his hurdling debut at Punchestown a month ago but did it so impressively that a step into Graded company was the obvious move. He faces very much stiffer opposition here and both Perfect Smile and Carloswayback were equally impressive when landing the odds in maidens at Punchestown and Limerick respectively. Pineau De Re is progressing at a rate of knots and beat a decent field at Limerick but it was over three miles on heavy ground that Mount Helicon landed a Grade 3 at Cork and it will be a surprise if he has the pace for this.