Preview naas 10th Feb

Fri 9th Feb 2018, 14:00

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Dinaria Des Obeaux is out to continue her excellent first campaign over fences in the BBA Ireland Limited Opera Hat Mares Chase at Naas on Saturday.

After easily winning at this Listed level at Clonmel, Gordon Elliott's five-year-old understandably came up short in the Drinmore and the three-mile Grade One at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting, but she bounced back in Grade Two company at Thurles.

She faces a formidable challenge from the Willie Mullins team, spearheaded by Benie Des Dieux, who strolled to a Listed victory when sent to Carlisle in December.

The champion trainer is also responsible for facile course-and-distance scorer Asthuria.

Pete So High could book his Cheltenham Festival ticket with a bold performance in the Naas RFC Rated Novice Hurdle.

The Fred Winter was mentioned as a potential target for Elliott's four-year-old after he won at Thurles last month and among his four opponents is his stable companion Schindlers Ark, who made a successful start to his jumping career at Cork but then struggled on the Dundalk all-weather.

Cartwright made a pleasing timber bow at Gowran Park and Elliott will be hoping that he can go one better in the Paddy Hackett Memorial Maiden Hurdle.

Bilbo Bagins attempts to supplement his Punchestown triumph in the Friends Of Naas RFC Handicap Chase.

Adrian Murray's nine-year-old was previously twice behind Close Shave who, along with Kopookris and Wishmoor, is another last-start victor in the field.

Sizing Titanium beat Bilbo Bagins two starts ago and now tops the weights for the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle, while Feelin' Groovy and Major Fawcett renew rivalry in the Bank Of Ireland Kildare Supporting Naas RFC (Pro/Am) Flat Race after finishing third and fourth at Gowran.

Allardyce keeps picking up minor honours but his day in the spotlight may have finally come because he takes in a Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle - which gets the meeting under way at 1.35 - that won't take much winning.

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THE IRISH TIMES