naas 10th Feb
Mikael D'Haguenet's chasing career has been blighted by jumping frailties, but he got it right at Thurles last time and bids to follow up in the BBA Ireland Limited Opera Hat Novice Chase at Naas.
Willie Mullins' charge has been much better over the larger obstacles this term, barring a fall at Limerick, and he outclassed his rivals last time.
He faces some tough opposition here, though, with Mouse Morris content to oppose him with both Tillahow and Miradane, with the latter in great form after beating Benefficient last time.
The meeting kicks off at 1.40 with the Paddy Power Cheltenham Trial Sunday 24th February Maiden Hurdle, in which Welsh Nayber bids to build on two promising efforts over timber to date.
However, the most intriguing runner in the race has to be Tom Mullins' Some Article, who crashed through the running rail before the second flight at Leopardstown last time but is considered a promising sort.
Willie Mullins could be the one to beat in the Tote Jackpot Maiden Hurdle as he unleashes Upsie, a dual bumper winner in her native France.
Golden Plan is no pushover though, as he followed up his Tramore bumper win with a fair effort behind another of the Mullins battalions on his hurdling bow.
Turban and You Must Know Me bid to end a run of placed efforts in the Tote Trifecta Rollover Beginners Chase.
He's A Delight could scupper their plans, though, as he showed up well on his chasing debut at Limerick last time.
A hugely open Go Racing In Kildare (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race sees seven previous winners up against one another, with Mullins' Clondaw Court arguably the biggest potential improver, while Gordon Elliott's Barneys Honour could prove well weighted to strike in the Panoramic Restaurant At Naas Handicap Chase.
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