Sunday Big Race Preview - 27/02/22

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Naas - February 27 2022
Naas 14:00
Paul Townend

Cash Back

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
Age: 10
Weight: 11-1
OR: 154
Days: 21

The first selection on Sunday comes from Naas in the Grade Three Betvictor Chase over two miles and Cash Back although the outsider of the field, he looks to be the value.

A 10 year old for Willie Mullins, Cash Back started life over in France but failed to win in his two hurdle starts over there. Despite a massive lay off, he moved to Mullins’ yard and got off the mark at the first time of asking over hurdles. 

Failing to win in his last two runs over hurdles connections quickly went chasing with him and he shaped with plenty of promise in his novice season over fences.

Winning his first two starts before a narrow 2nd place in the Irish Arkle. 
A series of falls followed however.

Failing to complete in three consecutive starts saw him have a year away from racing and come back last December. However his only win this season has come over 2m4f over hurdles.

Unable to get close to Energumene on reappearance, he was soundly beat by Chacun Pour Soi in the Dublin Chase last time out, but stayed on in eye-catching fashion and now back in his preferred heavy ground looks a player at the prices.

Fontwell - February 27 2022
Fontwell 14:50
Aidan Coleman


J: Aidan Coleman
T: Olly Murphy
Age: 9
Weight: 11-10
OR: 158
Days: 35

The best race of the day in England is the Grade Two National Spirit Hurdle over 2m3f and we are going for last year's winner Brewin'upastorm.

Brewin’upastorm has always been a horse that has promised so much for the Olly Murphy team, a Grade Two winner at Fontwell last term over hurdles, he was always expected to make a top chaser, but lacked the enthusiasm for running over larger obstacles that he did when running over hurdles.

His record sits at a fantastic five winners in just11 runs over hurdles, including a very nice nine length romp at Aintree to start this season, beating some nice staying hurdle types in the process.

Since going back over hurdles he looks better than ever, and this saw him head to Cheltenham for the Grade Two Relkeel Hurdle where he looked to have a huge chance but unfortunately fell at the last.

Last weekend he got back on track for the season when coming from off the pace to swallow up leaders Darver Star and Goshen to take the £100,000 event at Lingfield.

He takes on Darver Star again in this event and with Goshen franking the form on two occasions since, he looks the one to beat.

Naas - February 27 2022
Naas 15:00
Jack Kennedy


J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
Age: 5
Weight: 11-4
Days: 42

The final selection of the afternoon from the big races comes in the BetVictor Novice Hurdle over two miles and Hiaou for Gordon Elliott has a big chance.

The five year old has been seen three times to date, finishing third on seasonal/hurdles debut when third behind the talented Eric Bloodaxe over 2m3f.

He then went to Leopardstown in a Maiden Hurdle over two miles where he was coming into contention when being bought down.

Last time out he showed his true form when getting off the mark in a 19 runner maiden with the second since winning a good race and franking the form.

Big chance if improving again.