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Big Buck's is in "seriously good order" according to trainer Paul Nicholls as he bids to land the Ladbrokes World Hurdle for a fifth time at Cheltenham on Thursday.
Cheltenham clerk of the course Simon Claisse has refused to rule out the prospect of watering for the final two days of the Festival.
Bryan Cooper is expected to be fit for the start of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday after emerging relatively unscathed from a crunching fall at Naas.
When queried after a point-to-point winner in Lemonfield last Sunday as to 'where next,' T J Nagle gave the comical answer 'the pub in Killavullen.' One imagines that'll be a lively spot this evening after Nagle's Emerging Talent landed the Tipper Road (Pro/Am) Flat Race under Kevin Power (earlier a winner at the 'point' in Horse And Jockey) at Naas.
Paul Carberry (minor ankle ligament injury and he'll be fine for Cheltenham) certainly had a day to forget after two unseats necessitated his replacement by Danny Mullins on Gallant Oscar in the Woodlands Park 100 Club Leinster National Handicap Chase at Naas. Mullins, on the mark earlier on Sammy Black, doubled up in the valuable three miler on Tony Martin's charge.
It could well have been 'curtains' for Ttebbob (owner David Bobbett's surname spelled backwards) in the Sunday Market At Naas Racecourse Maiden Hurdle after being hampered by the fall of Grand Partner. However that was at a relatively early stage of the three mile contest and he had plenty of time to recover and in the end score impressively under Barry Geraghty.
Amateur rider John O'Neill, on the mark yesterday at Gowran on Sydney Thompson, was seen to good effect again on Rory O'Moore but his brave effort in the Naas Supporters Handicap Hurdle ultimately came up short as Sammy Black prevailed for Tony and Danny Mullins.
The jumping of the some of the five participants in the Grade 3 Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase didn't always convince and a failure to negotiate the fences safely ultimately decided things in favour of Bright New Dawn. This victory brought up a double for Gigginstown House Stud (also on the score-sheet at the 'point' in Lingstown) and Bryan Cooper as the Dessie Hughes-trained Bright New Dawn added to the earlier gains for the 'maroon and white' with Empire Of Dirt (Colm Murphy).
A 325,000 Euro purchase in his time, as a three-year-old, Empire Of Dirt landed the Listed Irish Racing Writers Kingsfurze Novice Hurdle as Gigginstown House Stud sent out the first two with their The Game Changer filling the runner-up spot in the second at Naas.
On racecourse outing number twenty one Miley Shah sported a noseband for the first time and it certainly did him no harm as he returned to form to land the Hospitality At Naas Racecourse Beginners Chase.
Hurricane Fly will face eight rivals when he bids for a third victory in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday.
Trainer Philip Fenton has confirmed Last Instalment is heading to England today, with a decision on his participation in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup unlikely to be made until the middle of next week.
Exciting juvenile Activial will skip the JCB Triumph Hurdle and instead wait for next month's Crabbie's Grand National meeting at Aintree.
Anthony Honeyball is considering options at Aintree and Punchestown for Regal Encore following a creditable run in defeat in Saturday's Imperial Cup at Sandown.
Paul Deegan is planning a Classic campaign for Avenue Gabriel which will hopefully culminate in a crack at the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh in July.
Today is Woodlands Park 100 Club Leinster National Day at Naas and the ground remains yielding to soft (hurdle) and soft (chase).
Trainer Bob Baffert admitted to being "in awe" of Game On Dude after he won the Santa Anita Handicap for a third consecutive year.
Set List brought four areas of the country together when impressively winning division 2 of the 5YO Geldings' Maiden at Wexford's Lingstown point-to-point on Sunday, winning for Curragh based trainer Ross O'Sullivan and Northern jockey Mark O'Hare.
2.50 September Blaze , Me And Ben
4.20 Dark Glacier , Fredo
3.10 Milans Well
5.10 Rugged Jack
Thyestes runner-up Los Amigos attempts to go one better in the Woodlands Park 100 Club Leinster National Handicap Chase at Naas.
Bryan Cooper survived an injury scare as he limbered up for some big rides at the Cheltenham Festival with a double in the Gigginstown House Stud colours in two of the main races at Naas.
Robert Tyner is in cracking form at the moment and the Kinsale handler kept his great run going when Instant Impacked landed the feature race at Gowran Park.
Rummaging recorded his sixth victory at Dundalk as he came out best in a terrific finish to the feature Your Local Value Centre Race under the all-weather track's lights.
It was a day to remember for Robert Tyner and Philip Enright who landed a hat-trick at Clonmel.