Harry Fry lines up double raid at Fairyhouse

Harry Fry is set to be double-handed in the Irish Stallions Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final at Fairyhouse this weekend after confirming both Bitofapuzzle and Desert Queen for the Easter Sunday Grade One.

Harry Fry lines up double raid at Fairyhouse

Bitofapuzzle ran a tremendous race in defeat when a close third in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, while Desert Queen is set for a significant step up in class following impressive displays at Sandown and Fontwell.

A strong British contingent also includes the Alan King-trained The Pirate’s Queen and Peter Bowen’s Rons Dream.

Fry said: “Bitofapuzzle has come out of Cheltenham very well and she seems to be in good order. She was only beaten a head and a neck at Cheltenham and the plan is to run at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

“It will be a competitive race and she’ll take her chance, as will Desert Queen who has looked impressive winning her two novice hurdles very easily.

“This will represent a big step up in class for her, but there isn’t another Grade One mares’ novice hurdle between now and the end of the season, so she’ll run as well.

Willie Mullins has won the last two renewals with Annie Power and Adriana Des Mottes and this year’s five-strong team is headed by the unbeaten Morning Run and impressive Sandown scorer Uranna.

Carrigmoorna Rock has struck at Listed and Grade Three level this season for Robert Tyner, but was pulled up in a race won by Morning Run at the track in January.

“She goes for the big novice on Sunday and she seems to be in good form again,” said Tyner.

“This race has been the plan for her for a while and hopefully she’ll run a big race.”

  • The BHA have relaxed the rules surrounding bookmaker sponsorship of jockeys to allow firms to sponsor individual riders.

Starting on April 1, the code of conduct will be relaxed for a trial period of nine months and means bookmakers will now compete with other sponsors for the space on a jockey’s breeches down the outer thigh.

The BHA originally limited any physical sponsorship on a jockey’s person by bookmakers to collective deals of 50 or more riders, an opportunity which no firm chose to take up.

But following a proposal from theProfessional Jockey’s Association, riders will now be allowed to carry physical logos themselves, in addition to the current commercial deals which some have in place such as online columns.

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