Naas Preview: Le Vent D’Antan ready for Chasing debut
There is a good quality card at Naas with seven races down for decision, with the action getting under way at 1pm. The first race on the card is the Martinstown opportunity handicap chase over two miles with nine going to post. Valours Minion is likely to be sent off favourite and comes into the race in good form. The Val O’Brien trained eleven year old has won three of his last five starts and will be ridden by the trainers son Tommie who is based with Jonjo O’Neill. Other ones who could figure prominently at the end of this contest would include Old Supporter who is a consistent performer for Peter McCreery having collected prize money on six of his last seven starts. Good ground seems to be suitable for this son of Sunshine Street and he looks set for another decent performance.
The second race on the card is the Fishery Lane Hurdle which is a Grade 3 event with five horses declared to run. The one to beat here looks likely to be Analifet. The four year old daughter of Califet created a huge impression on her first two starts before being pulled up at Leopardstown in a race in which she appeared to pick up an injury, she remains an interesting contender for this contest. Kitten Rock could be the biggest challenger, as she has been competing in some good class contests and should prove a good yardstick for Analifet.
One of the most exciting races on the card is the 2:10, which is a Beginners Chase. In this contest we will see the chasing debut of the high class hurdler Le Vent D’Antan, with Davy Russell taking the ride on Liz Doyle’s charge. The French bred star was rated 138 over hurdles and looks to be an exciting recruit to the chasing ranks. The main opposition here is likely to come from GetOutwhenyoucan who is also making his debut over the larger obstacles. Charlie Swan’s charge has had a good record over hurdles winning four on the bounce and ending up with a mark of 129. Le Vent D’antan looks the one to beat here however and could well be one of the best novices either side of the Irish Sea next March.
Another exciting race on the card is the 3:20 which is a Novice Handicap Chase where nine will go to post. This looks a competitive event and one in which it may be difficult to pick the winner of. The best option could be Black Zero who has run some consistent races without winning of late. Sir Harry Cash is also one of interest here as Ruby Walsh takes the mount, and he too has some decent form to call upon.
You can catch all the from Naas with Dean Ryan from 12.25.
By JJ Slevin / Photo: Niall Carson/PA Archive
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