naas 24th Feb
Roie Du Mee (far side) and Prince De Beauchene
(Healy Racing Photos)
Days Hotel drops back to the minimum trip as he bids for more glory in one of three Grade Two contests at Naas, the paddypower.com Chase.
Having scooped a Grade Two earlier this term, Henry De Bromhead's charge struggled when upped in trip at Thurles last time.
Roi Du Mee was ahead of him that day and reopposes, though this trip may be short of what he requires, while Realt Dubh will try to get closer to Days Hotel than he did when second at Cork in December.
Mikael D'Haguenet steps back up in class for the Woodlands Park 100 Club Nas Na Riogh Novice Chase.
A faller when last tried in this company at Limerick, Willie Mullins' charge was a convincing winner at Thurles last time and looks the one to beat.
Sweeney Tunes finished well for second at Leopardstown and could be the biggest danger, while Madam Bovary has claims providing her recent fall hasn't shaken her up too much.
A highly competitive renewal of the paddypower.com Novice Hurdle completes the trio of Grade Twos, where Annie Power bids to extend her unbeaten run to six.
Defy Logic has been impressive in two outings this term and has AP McCoy's assistance in the saddle here, while Moscow Mannon impressed on his hurdling debut and the Cheltenham Champion Bumper fourth has to be respected too.
Upsie makes her debut on these shores in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet 1800 721 821 Maiden Hurdle, which gets the meeting under way at 2.00.
Mullins' mare won twice in bumpers in her native France and has a good opportunity here, as she gets plenty of weight from Aerlite Supreme and To The Sky.
Sherika bids to build on a good Thurles win in the Book Online At naasracecourse.com Handicap Hurdle, while the Paddy Power Mobile App Handicap Hurdle could be between Quietly Fancied and Beneficial Spirit.
Ruby Walsh does not believe Hurricane Fly has been seen at his very best on either of his previous two trips to the Cheltenham Festival.