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Naas preview

Updated: Saturday, 08 Mar 2014 13:25 | Comments

Racing at Naas gets under way at 2.30pm
Racing at Naas gets under way at 2.30pm

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Thyestes runner-up Los Amigos attempts to go one better in the Woodlands Park 100 Club Leinster National Handicap Chase at Naas.

Jim Dreaper's unexposed seven-year-old was backed into favouritism for the big Gowran Park contest and lost little in defeat by getting closest to On His Own, who subsequently landed the Bobbyjo Chase to force his way into the Cheltenham Gold Cup reckoning.

Gallant Oscar doesn't have too many miles on the clock and Tony Martin switches him to fences after a hurdles success at Navan, and he heads a list of dangers that also includes Folsom Blue, Castle Wings, Panther Claw and Up The Beat.

Dessie Hughes has left Bright New Dawn in Thursday's JLT Novices' Chase, but first he takes in the Grade Three Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase.

The Flyingbolt winner steps back up in distance, but holds Mullaghanoe River from their meeting at Leopardstown in January and should also have the measure of last-start scorers Letter Of Credit, Owega Star and Leavethelighton.

The Irish Racing Writers Kingsfurze Novice Hurdle carries Listed status and sees Quickpic Vic's sights lowered after he managed only fourth in the Deloitte.

Carriganog, Champagne James and the returning Martello Tower should ensure his mettle is tested again.

Ballynacree hasn't been seen since Christmas 2012, but he was a Grade Three victor over timber and that class will carry him a long way on his fencing debut in the Hospitality At Naas Racecourse Beginners Chase, which gets proceedings under way at 2.30pm.

Grand campaigner Won In The Dark returns from a slightly shorter absence and heads the weights on his first outing for the Denis Cullen yard in the Naas Supporters Handicap Hurdle.

Lockstockandbarrel played second fiddle to Vigil at Leopardstown and will give some indication to the strengths of the winner's Champion Bumper claims when he goes to post for the Tipper Road (Pro/Am) Flat Race.
 

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