Who To Follow At Naas On Sunday - 31/01/21

Horse To Follow - Pencilfulloflead

The penultimate selection from us on Sunday comes in the Grade Three Novice Chase over three miles and Pencilfulloflead for Gordon Elliott looks the one to beat.

The seven year old was a smart bumper horse and showed ability on both his bumper starts, but has truly come into his own over fences this term.

The gelding made his chase debut in October at Galway seeing of stablemate Coko Beach who has since gone on to land the Thyestes Handicap Chase.

Pencilfulloflead then went to Punchestown against Grade One winning hurdler Latest Exhibition and jumped him into the ground to keep his unbeaten record over fences.

Unfortunately last time out he lost that record when stepped up the Grade One Faugheen Novice Chase at Limerick over Christmas, narrowly being beat by Colreevy.

Colreevy has since franked the form by winning a Grade Two under a penalty earlier in the week and if running to the same form as he has this season, he should not be beat.

Trainer To Follow - Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins has been in frightening form since Christmas landing winner after winner up and down Ireland and on Sunday at Naas has some huge chances.

In the two maiden events he dominates both races with El Barra for Rich Ricci and Glens Of Antrim for JP McManus both set to run a big race.

In the lucky last he fields Billaway in the very classy Hunters Chase over three miles and with this horse not being out of the top two in his last seven races, he should give another bold bid.

Mullins loves bringing runners to Naas and has a superb record over the last 12 months with his horses at this track, running at a 30% strike rate.

Horse To Follow - Mark Walsh

Mark Walsh could not be entering the weekend in any better form, having landed a four timer for JP McManus at Navan on Friday and on Sunday has a handful of classy rides.

One of his best chances seems to be aboard the smart mare Glens of Antrim in the second division of the maiden hurdle, where she has ran well in defeat behind some smart horses and now has a big chance to get off the mark.

Walsh over the last two weeks has been in exceptional form landing seven winners from just 22 runners which sees him pose a 31.82% strike rate.