Mooqtar in 'good shape' for Fairyhouse return
MOOQTAR, the least experienced in the Fairyhouse Sunday Market Race, created a good impression when scoring over today's trip at Leopardstown in September on his only start last season.
That maiden produced many subsequent winners, including Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Magician, who was making his debut when finishing only ninth.
The Kevin Prendergast-trained Mooqtar, who is making his reappearance, is owned by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, who is also represented by the Dermot Weld-trained Muannid, who is blinkered for the first time.
Prendergast said: "He won his maiden well last season and the race has thrown up plenty of winners. He's had little muscle problems but he’s in good shape now and has been working well, so we’re looking forward to a good run."
Weld is hoping blinkers will help Muaanid.
"He showed ability a couple of times last season and we’re trying blinkers on him to try to help him concentrate a bit better," said the trainer.
Fairyhouse good, good to firm in places
Beverley good to firm
Haydock good to firm, good in places
Yarmouth good to firm
Hamilton good to firm
Today's key pointers
Bill Turner does so well with two-year-olds, and his record in the opening claiming stakes at Beverley (2.00) is a respectable two winners and a place from five sent to it, including a 12-1 shot that came home first in 2012. He has El Duque entered this time.
On only one occasion has the favourite not been placed in the 5.00 at Beverley since 2003. That horse finished fourth in a 15-runner contest.
When Jim Crowley and Ralph Beckett combine in three-year-old handicaps at Kempton since 2012, the form figures read 291211218412 (5-12 +£13.43), improving to 1122 when condensed down to races over 6f. They have Blazing Knight running in the 7.10.
Pointers courtesy of Raceform Interactive