There finally seems to be a break in the weather as Naas gets the go ahead after a night of light snowfall. We have a busy day ahead of us as we send runners for each race in today’s card.
For the opener, the Div I of the maiden hurdle we have LANDING ZONE who will be having his first run for us having had endured being a reserve and being balloted out a number of times. This will be his first run over hurdles and he is given the best chance with Jack Kennedy in the saddle. CORRAN CROSS is second reserve today and is unlikely to get in.
DON DIABLO however does get in for Div II of this maiden hurdle for the same connections as Corran Cross. This horse is not short on experience or talent and will be ridden by Jack Kennedy.
The feature race of the day is the Opera Hat Listed mares Chase over 2m where we have two runners. The evergreen SHATTERED LOVE gets weight from Elimay and can hopefully put her last run behind her and will be ridden by Jack Kennedy. TINTANGLE is none the worse after her fall the last day where she was having a good run before that tumble, Rachael Blackmore has been booked to ride.
We send two for the Handicap Chase over 2m4f in the shape of MINELLA TILL DAWN and GUN DIGGER. Both horses are very similar but off nice marks here, Mark Walsh will ride Minella and Rob James will ride Gun Digger and claim 7lbs.
SIDESHIFT is our only runner in the Rated Novice Hurdle over 1m7f. Although not a winner yet, this horse has posted some good form figures and this looks a tight enough bunch where a weight advantage could be a big help, Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.
O CONNELL STREET comes back off a little lay off here for the opportunity handicap where Jack Wildman has a 2lbs claim. He should improve for the run and this looks a nice place to start him back.
GEVREY has become a solid performer for connections and was going very well the last day before unseating close to home. This looks another nice field that he can hopefully do well in and JAck Kennedy has been booked to ride.
Finally for the bumper we have two runners. BLACKTRENCHWARRIOR will be having his first venture onto the racecourse today under Lisa O’Neill. This horse is related to some very nice staying horses on the flat and hopefully that influence can come through. EYEWITNESS ran a very good race on debut and will have gained a lot from that and he is the choice of Jamie Codd.