Naas Sunday Preview

14:10 - Ornua

Naas host the best of the racing across the UK and Ireland on Sunday and we have seven selections across the card starting in the first event of the day the Grade Three Chase.

This front runner for Henry De Bromhead is a Grade One winner that might prefer better ground and will be praying for no more rain.

However, he holds great potential dropping back into a Grade Three after finishing a fair third behind two superstars in the Grade One Dublin Chase at Leopardstown and that sets the standard.

14:40 - An Fraoch Mor

16 runners take to post in the next one which sees the two and half miles Grade B Handicap Chase and trainer Ross O'Sullivan has the interesting An Fraoch Mor.

This seven year old sees the superb Robbie Power jump on board which is always a plus but this gelding warrants respect alone for how well he has performed this season.

He finished second on his seasonal debut over two miles at Fairyhouse which was a nice start to his chasing career and he backed that up in fine style at Navan in a Novice Chase.

Heavy ground seems to be what he likes and it looks even more likely the ground will be close to that come Sunday as he makes his handicap debut.

15:10 - Mt Leinster

The feature race of the day is the Grade Two Novice Hurdle contest over two miles and in this hot affair we have sided with the Willie Mullins trained Mt Leinster.

This six year old was a smart bumper horse that tailed off towards the end of last season but since going over hurdles has found his form of old.

He finished a good second on hurdling debut at Gowran Park in November behind the very smart Easywork for Gordon Elliott and he then backed that up by getting off the mark at Leopardstown.

Last time out he stepped up to his first Grade one over timber and finished a weak third in the Grade One Pharma Novices' Chase.

The two horses that beat him look to be world beaters and now dropped back to a Grade Two he should be in the mix.

15:40 - Nobel Joshua

A very interesting Handicap hurdle sees 10 youngsters go to post and the four year old for Gordon Elliott is Nobel Joshua who looks to have plenty of scope to improve from his runs this season.

He was a modest horse on the flat and it has taken time for him to settle over hurdles but last time out he was a smart second at Limerick.

He finally seemed to get the hang of things and jumped much better than previous outings and it would be a surprise to not see him come on for that again.

16:10 - Port Stanley

23 runners take to post in this Maiden Hurdle and we are looking for a Robbie Power double as we fancy Port Stanley to go well in this two miler.

The Jessica Harrington trained six year old has ran four times this season placing in three of those events and looks like he has to be close to getting off the mark.

Big fielded events are what he thrives off and last time out at Down Royal he was a narrow second out of 19 runners and he won't need much more on that run to go close again.

16:40 - Saol Iontach

The penultimate event of the day is another Handicap Hurdle over two miles and the Gavin Cromwell trained Saol Iontach is a horse we have been fond of for sometime.

She showed what she can do when second two starts ago at Punchestown in a similar event to this finishing a staying on second and narrowly being beaten.

She was extremely below par last time out but that can be put down to a blip and if getting back to form should be in the mix at a nice price.

17:10 - Stattler

The final event of the afternoon is a competitive bumper contest that will see some unbeaten records lost but hopefully not for our selection Stattler.

The Willie Mullins trained five year old made his debut in January at Fairyhouse and it was highly impressive with him bolting up in the final furlong.

All the signs from that run were very impressive and although in a tougher contest he should improve and be in the mix again.

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