Fairyhouse Racecourse is located in County Meath, less than 20 miles northwest of Dublin. Fairyhouse hosts both flat and jumps cards throughout the year but the jumps cards are of far better quality. The five Grade 1’s over the course of the season as well as the Irish National on Easter Monday are the pick of the action.
Fairyhouse Betting Tips
A right-handed, almost square track of about a mile and three quarters round, there is a near 3 furlong run in that is very slightly uphill. It is a very fair galloping track where horses can win from behind or in front. The track is generally considered a decent test of a racehorse. The chase fences are well made and evenly spread, allowing horses to get a good view of the obstacles. The first fence in the home straight can be the one to catch them out as it comes up quickly after the home turn.
Despite it’s size, the flat track seems to favour those who race close to the pace. It’ a relatively flat track bar the aforementioned slight rise to the line through the final few furlongs. There are no 5f races with 6 and 7 furlongs starting down the side straight.
Fairyhouse Draw Bias
Low numbers appear to have quite a significant advantage over both the 6 and 7 furlong trips at Fairyhouse races. Both distances start on a slight right-handed curve, forcing those drawn wide to cover more ground initially. The bias can be a little misleading if on a hold up runner, however, as fields tend to crowd towards the rail. This means that picking a path through from the back can be hazardous. Therefore, the low draw needs to be utilised with a more handy position for full effect.
Fairyhouse Betting Trends
Ger Lyons has been the man to follow on the flat at Fairyhouse racecourse in recent years, boasting a smart 25% strike rate (18/73) for a level stakes profit of +£38.28. Garvan Donnelly’s runners are also worth considering as the yard have won with four of their twelve runners at the track in the last five years for a profit of +£29.
There is a remarkable 35% strike rate for favourites in handicap hurdles during the last half decade for a +£22.67 level stakes profit. However, favourites in 3-year-old handicaps on the flat have difficulties, winning just 4/30 (a miserly 13%) for a loss of -£17.35.
Fairyhouse Feature Races
- Powers Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1) (2m 4f)
- Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final (Grade 1) (2m 4f)
- Irish Grand National (Handicap) (3m 5f)
- Royal Bond Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) (2m)
- Hatton’s Grace Hurdle (Grade 1) (2m 4f)
- Drinmore Novice Chase (Grade 1) (2m 4f)