naas 19th Jan

Fri 18th Jan 2013, 12:40

Solwhit continues on the comeback trail in the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas.

Charles Byrnes' six-time Grade One winner returned from almost two years on the sidelines when chasing home Bog Warrior at Punchestown on New Year's Eve.

That proved much of the ability remains, but exactly how much will be tested by So Young, who was third when upped to three miles in Leopardstown's Christmas Hurdle, when he was a place ahead of the reopposing Whatuthink.

Aupcharlie is expected to have too much quality for the opposition in the Grade Two Woodlands Park 100 Club Novice Chase.

Willie Mullins' seven-year-old made stablemate Back In Focus pull out all the stops in a Grade One over Christmas and can book his Cheltenham ticket here.

He has the beating of Texas Jack and Tofino Bay on that evidence, so the fences could be the biggest threat to him going one better.

Mullins gives the well-regarded Un Atout his second outing of the season in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Irish Racing Writers Novice Hurdle.

The French-bred went some way to justifying the champion trainer's lofty opinion of him when landing the odds at Navan last month, and he is another who could force his way into the squad for Prestbury Park.

Expanding Universe was a costly failure over the festive period but has a chance to redeem himself in the opening INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle at 1.00.

Tony Martin's Matsukaze showed himself way ahead of the assessor when sauntering to victory on his handicap debut and now contests the BESS Ball 16th Of February Handicap Hurdle on a stone higher mark.

Popaflora attempts to repeat last week's Punchestown heroics in the Cheltenham Trial Day 24th February Handicap Chase, while Leopardstown runner-up Wedding Present sets the standard in the Tipper Road (Pro/Am) Flat Race.

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