Five races from Naas on ITV Saturday – it’s a first for ITV and a first for Naas and I can’t wait.
So let’s get straight to it, and the 13:40 is the second division of a maiden hurdle over 2m.
This might give a good chance to the consistent bumper loser All For Joy, who is 0-6 Under Rules, but has shown ability. The point-to-point winner has been second in five bumpers, which sets alarm bells ringing.
But his runner-up spot at Punchestown two runs ago is decent form. I’ll take the chance. Newcomer Royal Thief is interesting.
The 14:10 is the Listed Opera Hat Mares’ Chase over 2m, bringing back great memories of the 1998 Mumm Melling Chase victor. On paper the best two horses Baie Des Iles and Synopsis are hard to support. Both pulled up last time.
However, I will go with the former, who has a rating of 142 and didn’t get home in the Welsh National. She can give the weight away for the shrewd Ross O’Sullivan.
Next up is the 14:40, a novice hurdle over 2m. French import Konitho really impressed on the Irish debut and will be hard to beat.
He destroyed a big field at this track last time and has entries in the Supreme, Ballymore and Triumph at the Cheltenham Festival.
The 15:10 is a tough handicap chase over 2m4f. Topweight Velocity Boy has jumping issues, but if he gets it together could easily beat this lot.
Ideally, he’d want further than this trip, but if on a going day he could still be good enough. Just depends on his mood. Bit like Paddy!
And finally, the ultra-competitive 15:40, a handicap hurdle over 2m.
She’s Made It has edged up 10lb in the last year despite never having won a race, and that will make it hard. But, there’s no doubt Padraig Roche’s mare has a race like this in her if it all falls into place. A bit each-way.
So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?