Paddy’s paying an extra place in this competitive 2m handicap hurdle. Gone Racing is a horse I’ve followed for the shrewd Mark McNiff yard. He’s won at this track and looks to have another winner or two in him off this rating, Course experience is a valuable asset around the Co. Waterford seaside venue and with Paddy paying an extra place he looks a solid option to hit the frame at the least.
A 6f fillies maiden up next and Aidan O’Brien’s Elizabethan has an exceptional pedigree and ran pretty well at Limerick last week when fourth of 14 behind Thinking of You on her return after a short break. The better ground should suit at Naas during this unseasonably dry spell and the race looks there for the taking.
There are a couple of newcomers in the field, but it may be prudent to keep an eye on Joseph O’Brien’s Russian River, Kieran Cotter’s Blue Bunny and Jessica Harrington’s Espouse who all got some racecourse experience in barrier trials at Dundalk last week.
A 2m 5f beginners chase is not always the bet place to have a strong opinion but I’ve always liked The Echo Boy. He has run well in decent winter races over his career and ran very well at Kilbeggan last time for trainer Dermot McLoughlin when second to Jack Hackett. Hopefully he can do the business.
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