Key Naas Date For Atout

Fri 18th Jan 2013, 15:13

Un Atout
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Leading Supreme Novices' Hurdle fancy Un Atout aims to enhance his huge reputation at Naas on Saturday.

The Gigginstown House Stud-owned five-year-old bolted up in a Naas bumper last January and could not have been more impressive on his hurdling bow at Navan a month ago.

Un Atout is a 16/1 chance for the Cheltenham Festival curtain-raiser ahead of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Irish Racing Writers Novice Hurdle.

Champion trainer Willie Mullins said: "He's a course and distance winner in Naas, so we're happy enough to let him run there.

"We'll know a lot more about him after the race."

Un Atout's Festival credentials are likely be given a thorough examination, with Dessie Hughes' dual winner Art Of Logistics and the Charlie Swan-trained bumper scorer Tangled Web in opposition.

The six-runner field is completed by Rory O'Moore, Celtic Passion and Title Music.

Naas 8am inspection

Naas will hold an 8am precautionary inspection ahead of its meeting on Saturday.

THE IRISH TIMES