Aupcharlie among 8 entries for Naas Grade 2

Mon 14th Jan 2013, 13:32

photoAupcharlie pictured on his way to success on his first start over fences at Gowran in November
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By Donal Murphy
Aupcharlie is the stand out name among the eight entries for the Woodlands Park 100 Club Novice Chase at Naas on Saturday.

The Willie Mullins trained gelding was just touched off by stablemate Back In Focus in the Grade 1 Topaz Novice Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas and he will be expected to take this Grade 2 contest should he line up.

The Noel Meade trained Texas Jack, who finished third in that Leopardstown contest, and the Dessie Hughes trained Tofino Bay, who finished fourth, could re-oppose Aupcharlie.

Hughes could also be represented by Canaly, who beat Terminal and Alderwood over fences at Fairyhouse in mid-December before following up over hurdles at Punchestown on New Year's Eve.

The Jim Culloty trained Lord Windermere is another possible contender.

He finished second on his first two starts over fences and made it third time lucky last time out at Leopardstown when beating Marasonnien into second.

The Oliver Brady trained trio of One Cool Shabra, Flamenco Prince and Shabra Charity complete the entries.

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