Naas Friday – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

Thanks for all the lovely messages over my first dance last weekend on Dancing With The Stars writes DAVY RUSSELL.

It was such a buzz and it was lovely having Edelle and my family with me – sadly the kids are a little too young to come and watch.

As for the judging we did okay sat nicely in the middle of the pack.

I have to admit the little judges at home scored me a little higher – I’ve never seen them so excited.

The truth is things are going to get a fair bit tougher from here as you have a lot less time to learn the new dances.

Anyway, we’ll give it a fair crack as I’ve some coach.

PIC: Dancing With The Stars (RTE)

Naas have done well to reschedule last Sunday’s races for Friday…

FRIDAY

NAAS

12.42pm BetVictor Irish EBF Novice Chase 2m
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The same big guns line-up for a fascinating novice chase where the lightly raced Mister Policeman


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is likely to be a warm order. The six-year-old was having only the fourth race under rules when winning in Fairyhouse back in November to keep up his unbeaten two from two record for Willie. This will definitely require a lot more but he has bundles of potential. Gordon saddles Sa Fureur who I won on in Punchestown almost a year ago. He fell three out against Facile Vega first time over fences in Navan, but made up for that when storming home the last day. He is likely to make Mister Policeman work for it I’d say. Quilixios has been bitterly disappointing and was well beaten on only his second start in two years in Punchestown.

1.12pm Race And Stay Handicap Chase 2m
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There are now 12 in the handicap chase rather than the 10 that stood their ground last weekend. The handicapper hasn’t really loosened his grip on Pats Choice although the first-time visor may spark improvement. As I mentioned last week, Genois


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ran well in Navan the last day and his turn may not be far away. Snake Oil is another one who caught the eye last. I’d say that they are the two to concentrate on.

1.42pm Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 4f
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All the big guns have stood their ground except for Mystical Power who I imagine may head to Punchestown on Sunday for the Moscow Flyer. Gordon’s Firefox (pictured below, left)


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looks a proper one. He won as he should have done in Down Royal before beating a smart one of Willie’s in Fairyhouse last month. He did that so well you’d have thought he’ll take some beating here if in the same form – we’ve always thought the world of him. You see the key to him is he has plenty of speed and stamina in equal measure. Gordon’s other runner Croke Park is different in that he’ll need every yard of this two and a half miles. Willie saddles five and it would be dangerous to dismiss any of them. Ile Atlantique looks the pick on jockey bookings and is loosely matched with Firefox on their Fairyhouse running. He won easily in Gowran and looks another smart prospect. He obviously has a big reputation too so it promises to be some clash. Of his other runners Readin Tommy Wrong has done nothing wrong winning three on the bounce.

2.12pm Matt Britton Irish EBF Maiden Hurdle 2m
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A huge field for the maiden hurdle with all eyes likely to be Willie’s Tullyhill


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who only found A Dream To Share too good in the Champion Bumper in Punchestown last April, but couldn’t raise a gallop in Punchestown on his hurdling debut. He’s obviously better than that and will be a very warm order to bounce back.

Now looking at the pick of Saturday’s action…

SATURDAY

FAIRYHOUSE

1.57pm SBK Dan & Joan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2m 1 1/2f
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The Grade Three Dan & Joan Moore Memorial looks the pick of the Irish action on Saturday with the top three in the weights looking the obvious ones. Dancing On My Own was obviously below par in Fairyhouse but had previously won in Cheltenham. Saint Roi is very consistent and will enjoy this drop in Grade, while Letsbeclearaboutit drops in trip having been in great form. However, the one that catches my eye in Uncle Phil who looks completely unexposed and gets chunks of weight from these.

KEMPTON

2.07pm Coral Silviniaco Conti Chase (Grade 2) 2m 4 1/2f
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There is some good racing in Kempton, with the Silviniaco Conti Chase looking the most interesting with two Irish runners. Banbridge will relish the better conditions but this track may be a little sharp for him. I’d prefer the chances of Edwardstone who looks worth a pop at this trip. Keep an eye on the complete outsider Janidil in the tongue tie, he’s always threatened to win one of these.

Good Luck
Davy

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Author: Eugene Morris