Naas holds a eight race card with the first race off at 1:30. The first race is the Naas Rugby Club Maiden Hurdle over two miles. Fast Buck brings the best form into the race. He finished second behind Fakir D’oudairies at Cork. That was his first run for his new connections. It was also his first run for fifteen months. He should build on that first run and that would see him win the opener at Naas.
Race two off at 2:00
Race two is the Profile Systems Supporting Naas RFC Handicap Hurdle. Lignou finished sixth behind Konitho at Naas in late January. While Konitho may not have boosted the form since, other horses from the race have. The third, Star Max has since came out and won his maiden hurdle. The horse that finished a place behind Lignou, Quantatmental has also came out and won a Rated Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse. I think Lignou may have more to come off a mark of 117.
Race three off at 2:30
Race three is the Paddy Power 6th Bet Free Novice Handicap Chase over two miles and four furlongs. Uisce Beatha bet Impact Factor at Fairyhouse last time out off level weights. On that occasion the race was over two miles and one furlong. Uisce Beatha stayed on from a long way off the pace to win. He now receives 8lb off Impact Factor. I think the step up in trip will really suit him and can hopefully lead to him confirming the form with Impact Factor.
Race four off at 3:00
Race four is the Paddy Power Onside App Novice Hurdle over two miles. Chosen Mate looks hard to oppose. He has run two good races over hurdles so far. He won his maiden hurdle on the first time of asking at Fairyhouse in late January. He has since finished second in a listed race at Punchestown behind a smart mare called Sinoria. The first two pulled ten lengths clear of the third. I think there is more improvement to come and I think he will be hard to beat.
Race five off at 3:35
Race five is the WhatOddsPaddy Chase over two miles. Cadmium looks very hard to oppose. He has run in some good Novice Chases this season. He finished fourth behind Delta Work in the Drinmore at Fairyhouse. He is the youngest horse in the race and is the only horse in the race that could be considered to be on an upward curve.