Naas Sunday Preview - 06/01/2019

12:50 - Barrington Court

The opening race from Naas on Sunday is the I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle, and at the foot of the weights rests Barrington Court from Jessica Harrington's yard.

She won a listed mares' bumper at Navan, and holds good prospects now following a third here last month on hurdles debut.

Only three lengths down on last year's Champion Bumper winner Relegate, and will be sure to go close once more.

1:20 - Campeador

From the bottom to the top, as Campeador will look to justify top weight in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase.

He was an impressive winner at Fairyhouse most recently and can take another step forward here, having fell on two of his last four starts.

Good form in the book also, placing in a Grade One at Leopardstown over hurdles last term, and should progress now well used to chasing.

1:50 - Battleoverdoyen

The feature race is the Grade One Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle, and the field are headed by the unbeaten Battleoverdoyen for Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown.

A perfect record so far, and impressed when winning a maiden at Navan prior to Christmas.

Prominent already in the supreme market, he can consolidate his claims there with a good performance here as he steps into graded company for the first time.

2:20 - Punches Cross

We have picked out another JP runner in the form of Punches Cross in the next contest, which is the Eastcoast Seafood & Gouldings Hardware Handicap Chase.

He won nicely for Joseph O'Brien over this course and distance last month, and an 8lb rise may not prevent a follow up.

A similar performance from that day will surely stand him with another leading chance.

Good fancy.

2:50 - Aoibhe's Beau

Good luck pronouncing it, but Aoibhe's Beau is definitely worth considering on the strength of her second placing at Galway in her first handicap.

This is the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle, and this mare can provide trainer Terence O'Brien his first winner of 2019, and only jockey Sean O'Keeffe's second since Christmas.


3:20 - High School Days

The penultimate race is the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase, and High School Days is the pick of the bunch.

Her Grade Three Cork mares novice third reads very nicely, and looks a likely player here again in the colours of Gigginstown.

Looks a good field and a tough one to call, but we fancy our chances.

3:50 - Top Moon

The card closes with the Rushe's Supervalu (Pro/Am) Flat Race and Top Moon - representing top connections once again, demands respect on debut.

Leading amateur booked in Derek O'Connor, and this son 4yo gelded son of Spanish Moon can strike on debut.

Plenty of these unraced, and looks wide open.