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What a start to the day at Naas this Sunday with a host of talent on display for this Tier 3 Novice Chase opener. Run Wild Fred and Vanillier reunite after finishing between Fury Road at Leopardstown at Christmas with Gordon Elliott also saddled Farouk D’alene after his narrow defeat at Limerick. It’s a race that should provide more clues and clarity ahead of the Cheltenham Festival with STATTLER get the verdict to score on just his second start on the fences.
Stowaway’s son ran well in several remaining races over hurdles at the top level last season and looks the type to progress even further over the fences. He made the perfect start to chase victory at Fairyhouse last month where he traveled and jumped impressively well. Paul Townend’s mount can jump into this race with Vanillier, Run Wild Fred and his stable mate En Beton likely to run ahead.
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SLIDE DALA is a horse I have tracked many times in the past and I hope he can show more here and fight for victory in this extended 2m 4f Handicap Chase. The son of Sholokhov has won two bumpers and a first hurdle and is only in his fourth start over the fences. Joseph O’Brien’s stable is in good shape at present and this horse can improve on a 120 mark on his debut with a handicap with stable mate Fakir and Philip Fenton’s Carrolls Cottage the main hazards.
It’s hard to know how much SAINT FELICIEN could go ahead for the Robcour team, but this seems like a good opportunity against a field that has gone astray lately. The son of Saint Des Saints didn’t come out of third gear on his Irish debut at Gowran Park and it’s great to see Robbie Power back in the saddle after injury. He could be the type to skip Cheltenham and wait for Fairyhouse or Punchestown before becoming a fine contender for some of the big 2-mile races next year.
CHAMPION GREEN can finally do well over hurdles for Joseph O’Brien and JP McManus in the opening division of this first hurdle. It could be argued that The Gurka’s son was a bit unlucky when he was slightly hampered and pressed for room when Dr Churchill was the first to steer him to the final hurdle by finishing second in Limerick at Christmas.
It didn’t go to plan either in Punchestown when the saddle slipped on Mark Walsh and he lost his irons before stopping early. He should set up and score better with a fitted tongue while any market support for one of Gavin Cromwell’s runners deserves a lot of respect. Ballinrobe’s dish winner Only Sky is another on the shortlist and could challenge Jessica Harrington’s side.
PERMANENT AND RED can score on his hurdles debut for Noel Meade having already shown good experience on the flat last year. Requinto’s son landed a nice bet when he won at Punchestown last September and will certainly know his trade having been well schooled at Tu Va Stables. The four-year-old is a half-brother to two-time hurdler winner Lady Shanawell and he can take this race with Faron and Global Export in search of his biggest challengers.
This fence bumper has been won by some fine horses over the years with Our Vinnie, Killultagh Vic, Tombstone, The Big Dog and Latest Exhibition all previous winners. Seabank Bistro runs for Willie Mullins in its early days and surprisingly comes from the family of Killultagh Vic with Patrick Mullins in the saddle.
SANTONTIO showed more than enough in his two career starts to win for Gordon Elliott and Jamie Codd. The Coastal Path son finished second on his Fairyhouse debut behind The Nice Guy, a later winner who improved form and hurdle racing earlier on the card. It fell by the nose at Christmas at Embassy Gardens and deserves to be highlighted today.
Sunday Naas Tips
1:10 p.m. Slige Dala (each way)
13:40 Saint Felicien
14:10 Green Champion
14:40 Evergreen and red leaves
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