Fairyhouse Easter Festival: three runners who will enjoy heavy ground on Saturday

Honeysuckle winning the Hatton's Grace

It’s a competitive day of racing on Saturday, with meetings across Britain and Ireland. Carlisle, Haydock, Musseburgh and Wolverhampton are all on the docket, with Cork and Fairyhouse joining them across the water. We’ll have horse racing tips on the website, including a NAP of the Day.

Fairyhouse is a notoriously tough venue to get home in when the ground is heavy. You need a horse proven in the conditions to be successful and we’ve found three horses who fit that profile on Saturday. The details can be found below.

2.10 Fairyhouse

The opening maiden hurdle over the extended 2m3f presents a superb chance for Butcher Hollow to get off the mark over hurdles for Thomas Cooper. This horse won a good Galway bumper on deep ground last October, and he chased home Jade De Grugy in a Leopardstown maiden hurdle in December on heavy. Third behind a good type in a Naas maiden hurdle in January, this looks easier.

2.45 Fairyhouse

Ferns Lock lost his race at the start at Cheltenham. He got very excited down at the start and used up an awful lot of energy, and it told as he ran way too freely in his race too and was eventually pulled up. He should be far more settled here, and although Annamix beat him comfortably in this race last year, the ground was decent and I’m not sure Annamix would want it too heavy. Ferns Lock has form on heavy and is taken to win.

3.20 Fairyhouse

Harmonya Maker makes her handicap chasing debut for trainer Gordon Elliott and she could be a cut above. She loves heavy ground and this will be a lot easier than her Cheltenham assignment when down the field in the Paddy Power Mares’ Chase. A good 7lb claimer is aboard too.

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