Fairyhouse stages a seven race card this Tuesday afternoon featuring the twelve furlong Like us on Facebook Handicap at 5.05. The Dermot Weld -trained Whitey O Gwaun is likely to start a warm order and might be a blot on the handicap, but there appears to be some each way value in the race courtesy of Azurite, the representative of Ger Lyons (pictured)
Following plenty of early season promise, the fortunes of the selection took a mid summer dip but he returned with a better effort at Dundalk last time to suggest he remains one to still be interested in. I was impressed with the determination he showed when dead heating with Breathe Easy on his seasonal debut at The Curragh and he ran a pretty good race next time when narrowly failing to concede six pounds to a horse who is better than him -Wexford Town at Wexford in early June. He pulled too hard off a slow pace next time over 12 furlongs at The Curragh and proved a disappointment on easy ground in a four horse conditions race at Leopardstown. Wisely given a break then by Lyons, he returned with a fair effort behind the useful Panama Hat at Dundalk and might have finished closer with a clearer passage.
Twelve furlongs is not guaranteed to suit, but he certainly looks worth another shot over the distance. Provided he receives a patient ride and does not race too keenly in the early stages, I think he could easily be mounting a bold bid in the final furlong.
Fairyhouse 5.05: 1 pt ew AZURITE (8-1, Ladbrokes)
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