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Fairyhouse Tips - Three Grade Ones covered on Bar One Racing day

  • We take a closer look at the three Grade Ones that will be run at Fairyhouse on Sunday
  • Honeysuckle bids to defend herHatton's Grace Hurdle title
  • Envoi Allen looks to make it two-from-two over fences in the Drinmore Novices' Chase
  • Several exciting novice hurdles clash in the Royal Bond
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Fairyhouse races on Bar One Racing day. (Getty)

We preview the three Grade Ones being run on Bar One Racing day this Sunday, and provide readers with our Fairyhouse tips.

Fairyhouse stages one of the most important meetings on their calendar this Sunday, with Bar One Racing sponsoring the full card. Three Grade One prizes will be up for grabs this weekend; the Royal Bond Novices' Hurdle, the Drinmore Novices' Chase and the Hatton's Grace Hurdle.

I've taken a look through the ante-post betting for all three of these important races, and picked out my best betting tips.

Bar One Racing Day Card at Fairyhouse

12:00pmBar One Racing Best Odds Guaranteed Irish EBF Mares' Handicap Chase 2m4f
12:30pmBar One Racing Price Boost Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m
1:05pmBARONERACING.COM Royal Bond Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m
1:35pm BARONERACING.COM Drinmore Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m4f
2:05pmBARONERACING.COM Porterstown Handicap Steeplechase (Grade B) 3m5f
2:35pmBARONERACING.COM Hatton's Grace Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m4f
3:05pmBar One Racing Extra Places Handicap Hurdle (Grade A) 2m
3:40pmBar One Racing Giving Cash Back Daily (Pro/Am) Flat Race 2m

Fairyhouse Tips - Sunday 29th November

Race 1 - Royal Bond Novices' Hurdle Tips

Cask Mate comfortably saw off Dewcup to win a good race at Punchestown, but I'm not sure his jumping is slick enough for this sort of level over two miles. Ngolo breezed past Annexation on the run to the line to win a Grade Three earlier this month, but both will have to step up their efforts significantly to get involved here.

Concertista ran away with the Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham, breaking her duck in devastating fashion. She remains a novice until the first of December, so she's eligible to run here, but the betting suggests the two ahead of her will be better suited to this challenge.

Ballyadam jumped neatly on his hurdles debut at Down Royal, seeing off two horses who brought bumper-winning form into the race by 12 lengths. Although the team seems sure he has the gears for two miles, he looks more of a staying prospect to me, and I fancy SHEWEARSITWELL could have his number on Sunday.

Following an easy bumper win at Galway, Willie Mullins' mare scored on her hurdles debut, quickening clear nicely after the last to put the race to bed. Shewearsitwell jumped better on her Graded debut at Tipperary, and still seemed to be in second gear as she crossed the line an eight-length winner.

Paul Townend's mount was very slick and quick over her obstacles that day, and showed on her first two starts that she has a lovely turn of foot. Ballyadam has to give the mares seven-pounds on Sunday, and that can make a massive difference.

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Envoi Allen (left) winning the Royal Bond at this meeting last year. (Getty)

Race 2 - Drinmore Novices' Chase Tips

Envoi Allen1:35pm Fairyhouse BARONERACING.COM Drinmore Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m4fGET 1/3 HERE
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A much more straight-forward tipping task now. If ENVOI ALLEN gets around, he wins.

I was so impressed with his chasing debut at Down Royal. Envoi Allen faced no competition at all, but his jumping was straight and assured as he scored an easy six-length win.

The two immediately behind him in the betting are both trained by Gordon Elliot, and neither Easywork nor Andy Dufresne have the class of Envoi Allen. If both stay in the field, you might get 1/3. If one, or both, come out, then the favourite's price will collapse. Now is the time to back Envoi Allen.

Race 3 - Hatton's Grace Hurdle Tips

Honeysuckle carries her unbeaten record into a third season, and few will be betting against her on Sunday. Henry De Bromhead's mare beat Bacardys by nine lengths in this race last year, before scoring in the Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham. This year's Hatton's Grace looks deeper than what she faced 12-months ago, though, and it could be worth taking Honeysuckle on at 8/13.

Saldier steps up in trip for the first time and is a proven Grade One winner. Ronald Pump and French Dynamite cannot be discounted either. The one who appeals most for me, though, is FURY ROAD.

Gordon Elliott has decided to keep this gelding over hurdles for the upcoming season. That proved to be a good decision, as Fury Road cruised to a simple victory over Dewcup in the Celebration Hurdle at Punchestown.

Jack Kennedy made the running that day, and I'm hoping he takes a prominent position early here too. A strong stayer over three miles, Fury Road can try to draw the sting out of Honeysuckle. If he jumps slicker than he did at Punchestown, then Fury Road is certainly capable of giving the favourite a run for her money.

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