Naas Sunday – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

First of all, Happy New Year writes DAVY RUSSELL.

It’s been a busy old week as I prepare for the first Dancing With The Stars show on Sunday night.

I’d say I’ve been practising at least four hours or so a day and I’d say I’m marginally better than I was.

That isn’t saying much though as I have to admit to being a little bit clueless.

Those of you able to watch on RTE will see how good my partner Kylee is – she’s an unbelievable dancer as you might expect but has her work cut out with me.

A couple of the clips of the fantastic studio:

Before the dancing, there is some good action in Naas on Sunday afternoon to enjoy if the weather behaves itself..



12.30pm Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase 2m 4f

Only the five line up for the Mares Beginners Chase where Brandy Love


will take some whacking back up to 2 1/2 miles. I suppose she was a little disappointing on her chasing debut in Gowran, but she’d have learnt plenty and the extra distance will help her. Willie (Mullins) also saddles Night And Day who hasn’t really gone on since winning in Clonmel this time last year. The tongue tie may help her, but it will need to. The biggest danger to Brandy Love is likely to be Gordon’s Jumping Jet who has a mountain to find on ratings. That said, if there are pieces to be picked up this consistent mare may be the one.

1.00pm BetVictor Irish EBF Novice Chase 2m

A fascinating novice chase where the lightly raced Mister Policeman


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 battering another of today’s rivals in Byker 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.

1.30pm Race And Stay Handicap Chase 2m

There may only be 10 in the handicap chase, but it has a wide-open feel. The handicapper hasn’t really loosened his grip on Pats Choice although the first-time visor may spark improvement. Genois


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 time out.

2.00pm Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 4f

The feature race of the day, if not the weekend. All the leading contenders have stood their ground in what looks a real good renewal. The obvious place to start is with Gordon’s Firefox (pictured below)


who 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. 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. Of his other runners Readin Tommy Wrong has done nothing wrong winning three on the bounce. Mystical Power is an interesting one because it’s hard to weigh up that summer jumping form. He’s immaculately bred though being by Galileo out of Annie Power so watch him in the market.

2.35pm Matt Britton Irish EBF Maiden Hurdle 2m

A huge field for the maiden hurdle with all eyes likely to be on two well-touted runners who flopped the last day. Willie’s Tullyhill


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 warm order to bounce back. Gordon’s Undeniable Alibi ran below expectations in Fairyhouse in his bumper last month and will improve for hurdles. He should keep Tullyhill honest.

Good Luck




Author: Eugene Morris