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Naas preview: Sizing Gold goes in Novice Chase

Updated: Saturday, 18 Jan 2014 16:30 | Comments

Sizing Gold made a successful start in a minor event at Navan over a shorter trip last month
Sizing Gold made a successful start in a minor event at Navan over a shorter trip last month

Henry de Bromhead expects today's Woodlands Park 100 Club Novice Chase at Naas to provide clues as to Sizing Gold's eventual targets this season.

The Grade Two will involve a step up to three miles for Alan Potts' lightly-raced seven-year-old, who made a successful start in a minor event at Navan over a shorter trip last month.

Sizing Gold was not given too stressful a time over hurdles, although he was a respectable second to Pont Alexandre at Leopardstown a year ago.

"He ran well in Navan and we're looking forward to stepping him up to three miles and seeing how he goes," said the trainer.

"You can think a horse will stay three miles, but you never really know until you try it out, so this race will tell us a bit more about what direction we're going with him.

"It looks a hot race, but hopefully he'll run well."

It is only a small field but it includes Rogue Angel, who won under Davy Russell at Punchestown on New Year's Eve - the afternoon where he was informed he would no longer be number one jockey for Gigginstown House Stud.

His successor Bryan Cooper has been booked instead while Gigginstown have also declared Ipsos Du Berlais, who has only been able to strike overr fences at Downpatrick so far but was not beaten far when third in the Paddy Power at Leopardstown over Christmas.

Foxrock, third to Carlingford Lough in a Grade One at the same meeting, represents Ted Walsh.

"We're looking forward to stepping him up to three miles and seeing how he goes"

Dunguib makes a welcome return to competitive action in the Limestone Lad Hurdle.

Now 11, Philip Fenton's charge had the racing world at his feet when winning the Cheltenham Champion Bumper and his first four races over obstacles, but he has never really lived up to the massive hype that surrounded him and he was last seen finishing down the field in Hurricane Fly's first Champion Hurdle back in March 2011.

He will need to be pretty wound up, too, because Rule The World beat all bar Zaidpour in a Grade One at Leopardstown, and Upsie represents Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh so commands respect, despite flopping at the same Christmas meeting.

Ivan Grozny was a warm order to start jumping life with a bang at Leopardstown and although touched off by Plinth, the winner is one of the most exciting juveniles around and there is nothing of that calibre in the opening Book Hospitality On Line Maiden Hurdle (12.25).

Similarly, his stable companion Killultagh Vic was unfortunate to bump into subsequent winner Wounded Warrior at Navan and will take all the beating in the Tipper Road (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race.

Luke's Benefit has been cleaning up over fences and reverts to the smaller obstacles off a 14lb lower mark in the Happy Birthday Dixie Reilly Handicap Hurdle.

Kennoway was runner-up to Luke's Benefit at Punchestown on New Year's Eve and has a 2lb higher figure to contend with in the Cheltenham Trial Day 23rd February Handicap Chase.

 

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