Sunday's card in doubt as weather takes toll
FAIRYHOUSE:LUCK HAS been absent from Fairyhouse in the last week but the track authorities feel they will need fortune on their side if they are to finally race this Sunday.
Racing at the track was cancelled last week due to waterlogging and an inspection yesterday morning forced the rescheduled fixture to be called off again.
Fairyhouse is due to race this Sunday where the feature is the Listed Belgrave Stakes, but the elements could again get in the way.
“The forecast is a bit better for Friday, Saturday and Sunday but the problem is Thursday when we are told to expect heavy rain,” said manager Peter Roe yesterday. “We will know a lot more about where we stand on Friday morning. But the problem is that the ground is still saturated; we will need things to bounce our way.”
Roe is also concerned in the longer term about the terrible summer weather as the National Hunt track at Fairyhouse has also been exposed to the impact of the rain.
“That’s saturated too and it will be a long winter ahead if it doesn’t get a chance to dry out,” he said.
Seventeen entries remain in the Belgrave Stakes after yesterday’s forfeit stage, including the highly-rated Slade Power who won a similar class race at Haydock a month ago.
David Marnane, who is aiming at Group One glory in Saturday’s Darley July Cup at Newmarket with the supplemented Dandy Boy, will also hope to strike in Fairyhouse’s six-furlong event with Santo Padre.
The sole cross-channel entry is Googlette, unplaced behind The Cheka at Doncaster in March.