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A Grade 3 Novice Chase is the highlight of Sunday's card at Naas

Updated: Saturday, 09 Mar 2013 13:39 | Comments

You Must Know Me (nearside) ran Boston Bob to half a length on his chasing debut but needs to bounce back from a disappointing effort last time
You Must Know Me (nearside) ran Boston Bob to half a length on his chasing debut but needs to bounce back from a disappointing effort last time

Though many eyes will be diverted from the weekend's racing by the imminent Cheltenham Festival, the Grade Three Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase ensures there's still some quality fare on the Naas card.

Twinlight's winning run came to an end at Navan last time but he has to be respected, though giving 8lb to Mouse Morris's Miradane and promising chaser You Must Know Me may prove too much to bear.

The meeting gets under way at 2.10 with the Listed Kingsfurze Novice Hurdle, where Moscow Mannon bids to rebuild his slightly tarnished reputation after floundering behind Annie Power here last time.

This is no easy task, though, as Zuzka has showed abundant talent for Willie Mullins this term, and her stablemate Twigline looked a likely winner when falling at Sandown last time.

The richest race on the card is the Woodlands Park 100 Club Leinster National Handicap Chase and bottom-weight Murchu is interesting with leading conditional Mark Enright aboard.

Already proven over further than this and carrying a featherweight here, he could have too much for the consitent Tarquinius, the hat-trick-seeking Rich Revival and Thyestes third Panther Claw.

Cadspeed is certainly not a leading light in the Mullins yard but he gets another chance to open his account over fences in the Smullen Transport Supporting Naas GAA Beginners Chase.

Without a win in eight chase starts, he has shown enough to suggest he can end that barren spell, though the returning Johannisberger may have a big say if over whatever ailed him at Punchestown in January.

A big field for the Naas Supporters Handicap Hurdle is led by last-time-out winners Rathlin and Dressedtothenines, while there is a lot less winning form to go on in the Panoramic Restaurant For Mother's Day Handicap Hurdle, though Smart Money and Wicklow Lad look in good heart.

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