Fayonagh: Slick hurdles debut at Fairyhouse

Perfect start – last season’s star bumper performer Fayonagh makes a perfect start to life over hurdles with an impressive jumping display at Fairyhouse under jockey Davy Russell for trainer Gordon Elliott.

The 2/13F market leader, Fayonagh was very much expected to do her job first time out, but the classy mare still needed two good jumps in the straight and she delivered for Russell to win by an easy two and a half lengths.

Connections have hinted that the Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices Hurdle may be the most likely option for Fayonagh at the Chelteham Festival – she’s currently a standout 5/1 favourite for that race.

Fayonagh is a best-priced 14/1 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – no horse is shorter in that market currently for the Cheltenham Festival opener – while she is also 14/1 favourite for the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle.

Elliott said of his Champion Bumper winner: “Job done. Davy was delighted that her jumping was so good.

“I don’t think she could have done anymore than what she did. She’s having a good blow and we know she is going to come on.

“What I loved was that down over the last two she was brilliant. I couldn’t be happier and Down Royal is the plan now all being well.

“I’m a big believer in winning what you can win so at the moment the mares race [at Cheltenham] is the plan with her. You never know what’s going to happen but for me that’s what I’d like to do.”

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