Naas Sunday – Grade 3 Action Analysed

Stattler, pictured on the gallops at Closutton, will seek Graded honours at Naas on Sunday.Stattler, pictured on the gallops at Closutton, will seek Graded honours at Naas on Sunday.

Previews of the Naas Racecourse Business Club Novice Chase & Limestone Lad Hurdle

Naas hosts the flagship meeting in Britain and Ireland on Sunday. The feature races are both Grade 3s and Racing Tips have previewed both to come up with a selection in each.

12:40 Naas Racecourse Business Club Novice Chase

This is a really good Grade 3, with many of these holding entries in top novice races at the Dublin Racing and Cheltenham Festivals.

Run Wild Fred is favourite for the National Hunt Chase, but his win percentage is poor and it was alarming to see him make a shuddering error last time out. Farouk D’alene is preferred of the Elliott/Gigginstown runners therefore, as he was only narrowly denied Grade 1 honours at Limerick and should improve for the step up in trip.

Vanillier will likely struggle to give 8lb all round and his record over fences is already sketchy. Unsurprisingly, Willie Mullins holds the best hand. Despite his tremendous record in all codes, Stratum looks the weak link in his team for in Stattler and EN BETON, he has two horses capable of vast improvement.

Paul Towned prefers Stattler, but En Beton was as impressive in victory last time. Similarly, he has a victory on ground of yielding or quicker, something his stablemate cannot boast.

As such, for all Stattler competed at a higher level over hurdles, it is En Beton who gets the verdict, particularly with him being at least twice the price across the board.

1:40 BetVictor Limestone Lad Hurdle

Gordon Elliott is not messing around with SAINT FELICIEN. Despite having only had one start for the yard, his entries after this Grade 3 come in the Irish and Cheltenham Champion Hurdles.

Whether he takes up either of those engagements will largely depend on how he performs in this contest. He must surely be extremely highly-rated within Cullentra’s ranks though and did perform to a decent standard at Gowran Park in November.

Previously, he had won a four-year-old hurdle at Auteuil for David Cottin by eight lengths and he is swiftly becoming an intriguing horse to follow. His form already ties in with last season’s best juvenile hurdlers in Ireland and though he will have to step forward, the opposition is very beatable for this level.

Petit Mouchoir usually improves for his first run of the season, but he is now 11 and certainly not improving. The biggest danger may therefore come from either Darasso, who achieved his best ever result in Grade 2 company earlier in the season, or Whiskey Sour, who has gone close in a number of big handicaps and is well worth his place at this level.