• 16:20 Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Novice Hurdle 2m

  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,600 4th €1,200
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 1.20s
  • Off time: 16:22:36
16:20 Fairyhouse Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Valseur Lido (FR) 5/2
2nd Real Steel (IRE) 8/1
3rd Double Irish (IRE) 14/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 22-1231 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Real Steel (IRE) 42
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-10 h P Fenton B T O'Connell 135 8/19.00
2 3-11016 Emerald green & orange hooped, orange and  emerald green quartered cap City Slicker (IRE) 42
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-7 h W P Mullins D J Casey 138 28/129.00
3 22-601F YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Double Irish (IRE) 45
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-4 G Elliott D E Mullins 14/115.00
4 F16953 MAROON, pink sleeves, white cap Draycott Place (IRE) 38
Nag me
5 11-4 J P Ryan D J Condon 124 66/167.00
5 520241 Maroon, white star and armlet, white cap Empire Of Dirt (IRE) 28
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-4 C A Murphy B J Geraghty 131 12/113.00
6 80-314U ROYAL BLUE, white cap, red spots Quickpick Vic (IRE) 28
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 11-4 h A J Martin P Carberry 138 12/113.00
7 61-110 MAROON, WHITE star and armlets, ROYAL BLUE cap Valseur Lido (FR) 26
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-4 W P Mullins D N Russell 142 5/23.50
8 18-461 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Waxies Dargle 77
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-4 t1 N Meade A P McCoy 131 16/117.00
9 111116 Purple, orange seams, orange star on cap Wicklow Brave 26
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-4 W P Mullins P Townend 145 5/42.25
Non runners
1011Kitten Rock (FR)410-8E J O'GradyB J Geraghty


Willie Mullins won this last year and with eight of the original 18 entries appears determined to complete the double. While City Slicker and Valseur Lido have decent form and should attract support, it's WICKLOW BRAVE who heads the challenge and should come away with the spoils. He was on a six-timer when finding stablemate Vatour too powerful in the Skybet Supreme Novices' Hurdle and this looks a chance for redemption. Double Irish looked a smart prospect when easily landing a maiden over this trip at Leopardstown and didn't appear to stay when sent over an extra mile in a Clonmel Grade 3 next time. Empire Of Dirt finished four lengths behind Real Steel in a Grade 2 at Naas off level weights but has since won a Listed event at the same track. With a 6lb pull, he will be fancied to reverse the form. Quickpic Vic, who started favourite that day, was under pressure when unseating Paul Carberry at the last. Waxies Dargle had finished 21 lengths behind Empire Of Dirt at Punchestown in October but has improved since and did well to beat Daneking here in January.