The 2019 Fairy Bridge Stakes (5.55pm) is a Group 3 Race for fillies and mares aged three and older run over 7 furlongs and 110 yards. It is the highlight of the Tipperary Racecourse’s BBQ Evening Meeting.
The race was established in 2003 and has been won by horses such as Fiesolana, Tested, and One Master. Check out our 10-year-trends, runner-by-runner guide, and free tips for the Fairy Bridge Stakes 2019.
Fairy Bridge Stakes 10-Year-Trends
The classic generation has won five of the last 10 editions of the Fairy Bridge Stakes, with three 4-year-olds, and two 5-year-olds also successful. The last nine winners have been rated between 101 and 110 and have carried between 9-0 and 9-10 to victory.
Six of the last 10 winners were drawn in either stall one, two, or three, but the other four were drawn between stall-nine and stall-12. Favourites don’t have a great record in the race but eight of the winners in the last decade have been returned no bigger than 5/1.
Dermot Weld is the most successful trainer having saddled three winners in the last 10 years, but the last two renewals have been won by English trainers.
Fairy Bridge Stakes Runner-By-Runner Guide 2019
Older than any previous winner of the Fairy Bridge Stakes at the age of six and she needs to carry a 3lb penalty for her success in a similar contest two starts ago. She was also 50/1 when only 11th of 13 in the 2018 edition of the Fairy Bridge Stakes at 50/1. However, she’s the second-best filly in the field on ratings and comes into the race in better form this year having won her last two, conceding plenty of weight to her rivals in a Listed Race last time.
4-year-old who is looking to continue the good run of English trainers in the Fairy Bridge Stakes. However, despite winning a Listed race as a 3-year-old, she has been beaten at big prices in a handicap and a Group 3 on her last two starts.
Another 4-year-old English raider that is hoping to win her first group race, having been beaten a neck and a short head in two group races already this season. She’s also run well at Tipperary twice before, finishing second behind the useful One Master in the 2018 Fairy Bridge Stakes, and fourth later in the year in another Group 3. She looks a good stats-fit for the race and also looks well-drawn in stall-3.
The third and final of this year’s English challengers but this one is the weakest of the three having only won a handicap off a mark of 89 last time.
90-rated 4-year-old that generally struggles to get competitive in decent company and her only wins have come in maidens.
99-rated filly who won twice last year and has posted some good efforts in defeat this season. She’s capable of a bold show from stall-two over a course and distance she’s enjoyed success at before, but her recent efforts have been poor, and her trainer is out of form.
One of two fillies trained by Joseph O’Brien and Donnacha O’Brien rides this one. That’s a positive sign but she’s only won handicaps so far and has been beaten in Listed races on her last two starts, which doesn’t suggest she’s ready to win this Group race.
The second filly trained by Joseph O’Brien but this one is rated 2lb lower than her stablemate and has been beaten in Listed races on her last seven starts.
One of two fillies trained by Aidan O’Brien but, despite the fact the Fairy Bridge Stakes is sponsored by Coolmore Stud, O’Brien hasn’t won the race since 2008. This one is rated 99 but has been well-beaten in several group or Listed races this season, including finishing behind Surrounding three starts ago.
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The second of the Joseph O’Brien trained fillies but this one has also been well-beaten in Group-race-company this season, including behind Surrounding and Dan’s Dream.
Hard to recommend considering she’s the lowest-rated filly on a mark of 89, she’s been running poorly in Listed races, and she’s drawn widest of all in stall-13.
114-rated filly that could send the bookies scattering for cover if her connections have got her back in the sort of form that saw her complete a hat-trick of Group race wins in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes last season, when she beat the subsequent 1,000 Guineas winner Hermosa and runner-up Lady Kaya. The negatives are she ran poorly in the 1,000 Guineas on her first start for John Oxx and has been absent for 116-days since.
3-year-old filly that flies the flag for trainer Dermot Weld, who won the Fairy Bridge Stakes on three successive years between 2014 and 2016. However, she’s worse off at the weights with Surrounding having been beaten by her last time.
Fairy Bridge Stakes Summary
Not many of the horses in the field fit that of a typical winner of the Fairy Bridge Stakes, with 10 of the 13 fillies rated less than 100. The well-drawn Rionach just falls short on a mark of 99, but the poor form of this course and distance winner’s stable is off-putting.
Surrounding has beaten plenty of today’s rivals this season but her 3lb penalty and the fact she flopped in last year’s edition of the Fairy Bridge Stakes don’t inspire confidence.
Skitter Scatter is the obvious one, as her form last year marks her down as a class above her rivals.
However, she’s forecast to be a short-priced favourite and there’s a chance she won’t be at her best after returning from a 116-day break.
If Skitter Scatter does disappoint, last year’s runner-up Dan’s Dream is fancied to go one better with her stable amongst the winners this week.