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Naas Sunday preview

Updated: Saturday, 04 Jan 2014 14:54 | Comments

Briar Hill is expected to star for Willie Mullins' at Naas
Briar Hill is expected to star for Willie Mullins' at Naas

Briar Hill bids to add another jumps success to his impressive CV when he takes his place in the Grade Two Slaney Novice Hurdle at Naas on Sunday.

Willie Mullins' charge remains unbeaten under Rules, having landed the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham on only his second start for the handler, and he won with some ease on his hurdling debut at Wexford.

He landed Grade One honours at Navan last time, beating his only rival Azorian, but he made a couple of errors and will have to sharpen up in that department to give weight and a beating to Upazo and Very Wood.

Mullins also has a promising novice chaser to go to war with as Mozoltov has his second fencing start in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase.

This won't be easy for the Fairyhouse winner, as Ned Buntline ran on well to score at Navan last time and Golanbrook won by a yawning distance at Clonmel.

Mullins' only other runner on the card is Chiltern Hills, who will need to bounce back from a disappointing effort at Listowel if she is to score on her chasing bow in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase.

Sugar Bullet and Back In A Tic look most likely to give her a real test.

The meeting kicks off at 12.30 with the Annual Membership At Naas Maiden Hurdle, which sees bumper winner Moonlight Boy make his reappearance and his debut over timber.

A 279-day absence is something of a concern for Christy Roche's charge, especially considering Chute Hall chased home the high-class novice Faugheen on his last start at Punchestown.

Luke's Benefit bids for a hat-trick in the Joe Byrne Memorial Handicap Chase, while Limerick winner Rory's Brother and Punchestown second Getoutwhenyoucan are among the main contenders in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle.

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