A mares beginners chase is the first race on the card on Sunday and it looks a match between Caravation and Good Thyne Tara. I just feel Good Thyne Tara will be too quick for Caravation over 2m at Naas.
This looks a cracking novice chase and Tornado Flyer, Cash Back, Dunvegan and Zero Ten. Paul Townend rides Tornado Flyer who may want a little further than this trip but Cash Back will go a good gallop and that will suit Tornado Flyer. However, I was really impressed with Dunvegan at Punchestown and he could be the one to beat.
The feature race of the day, the Lawlors Grade One Novices Hurdle. Elixir D’ainay takes on Envoi Allen who steps up in trip and that could make him look even better! He comes into the race unbeaten after passing his sternest test yet at Fairyhouse last month. Of the others, Longhouse Poet could end up shorter in the market than Elixir D’ainay, but Willie Mullins’s runner beat Martin Brassill’s charge in a maiden hurdle at this venue last November and can uphold that form.
Both have their work cut out to deny Envoi Allen though.
Paul Townend rides Asterion Forlonge who won a bumper at Thurles where the first two that day pulled well clear of the field. While two miles could be on the sharp side for him, he’s in good form, going well at home and may just get away with it.
Patrick Mullins rides Hardwired for my dad, Ted, in the first four-year-old bumper of the year in Naas. The big yards are represented with Joseph O’Brien represented by Galileo Dance, Noel Meade runs Thedevilscoachman and Gordon Elliott has The Caretaker.
While Hardwired goes well, this race will be all about what you’ve heard, so watch for any significant market moves.
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