2.00 BetVictor Chase (Grade 3) 2m

Captain Guinness will not find this easy under a penalty which sees him giving 7lbs to three capable rivals.

However, he is still put forward to record his second Grade 3 triumph of the season over this course and distance. He followed that likeable success over Andy Dufresne with an honourable third in the Tingle Creek and then posted another creditable showing at the top level when filling the same position behind Chacun Pour Soi three weeks ago – an effort that gives him a clear edge over Cash Back.

He may have most to fear from Darasso who comes here off a series of good runs over hurdles which took in a Grade 3 success here last month and a second to Teahupoo in last week’s Red Mills Hurdle.

This really likeable gelding looks as good as ever while his previous form over fences includes a Grade 2 triumph over this trip at Navan.


Next Best: Darasso

2.30 BetVictor Novice Handicap Chase (Grade B) 2m 4f 90yds

This might fall to Street Value who has more to offer as a chaser. He progressed well as a handicap hurdler on heavy ground this time last year and it looks like being a similar story over fences as he made a successful transition from beginners’ chases to win a 2m 4f handicap in good style at Cork just under two months ago.

He is now 11lbs higher in the weights but should still have more to offer and he is marginally preferred to the classy mare Ballyshannon Rose who sets a good standard having defeated the very smart Jeremys Flame in a 2m 4f Grade 2 mares chase at Thurles last month.

The bottom weight Krabat is also quite interesting. He was only just denied in a very competitive handicap chase won by Handsworth here last month before enjoying an easy success at Clonmel last week. This is a much better race but he is respected.


Next Best: Ballyshannon Rose

3.00 BetVictor Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) 1m 7f 101yds

Flame Bearer has progressed nicely with racing this season and he built on an unlucky third at this track early last month to register a commanding 12l victory in a maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse last month.

The dual bumper winner seems quite at home on all types of ground and appeals as being good enough to make his mark at graded level. He is chosen ahead of Ha D’or who was placed at graded level as a juvenile and built on a second to Au Fleuron at Navan in December to win comfortably at Fairyhouse a few weeks ago.

Further interest is supplied by Hiaou who showed a fine attitude to edge out Goven in a 2m maiden hurdle at Punchestown last month. He is another promising type who should find this level of competition within his reach.


Next Best: Ha D’or

3.30 Naas Racecourse Business Club Handicap Hurdle 1m 7f 101yds

A chance is taken on Magic Word. She began her career over timber with respectable efforts in maiden hurdles won by the talented pair of Pied Piper and The Tide Turns and then posted an improved display to finish a 3½l second to Champion Green at this track a month ago. A repeat of that last run could well suffice.

Chacha Dancer is not without a chance. She finished a couple of lengths behind the selection in the Pied Piper race at Punchestown but her debut effort over hurdles at Limerick at Christmas makes her a contender.

On that occasion she was beaten 8½l into third by Doctor Churchill who is now faced with trying to give her 23lbs.


Next Best: Chacha Dancer

4.00 Festival Trials Day Maiden Hurdle (Div I) 1m 7f 101yds

Highland Charge sets a good standard on his last two efforts. He finished an 8l second to the subsequent Grade 3 winner The Goffer in a Navan maiden in December but did better in filling the same spot at Leopardstown over Christmas when beaten the same distance by the subsequent Grade 1 scorer Sir Gerhard.

If he can match the form he showed on his last run, he might just contain Micro Manage who was beaten 4l into second in this race last year. He was having his first run for three months when beaten a dozen lengths into second by Flame Bearer at Fairyhouse last month and could easily do better as a result of that comeback effort.

Devils Cut is interesting but lacks experience with his only run to date yielding a last gasp success in a bumper at Downpatrick in May.


Next Best: Micro Manage

4.30 Festival Trials Day Maiden Hurdle (Div II) 1m 7f 101yds

This looks a good opportunity for Bring On The Night on his jumping debut. This five-year-old showed a nice level of form in three starts for André Fabre which took in 1m 4f wins at Compiegne and Deauville.

His trainer excels with these types coming off a lengthy break (last run was May 2020) and the Supreme Novices Hurdle entrant is put forward to deal with Killer Mode. The latter sets a very solid standard having run a ¾l second to Bronn at this track before then taking third behind Hiaou at Punchestown a few weeks later.

Snake Oil hasn’t run for well over a year but this Listowel bumper winner did show up well on his last outing to finish third to Wide Receiver in a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown in December 2020. He also hails from a yard in great heart.


Next Best: Killer Mode

5.00 Naas Racecourse Handicap Hurdle 1m 7f 101yds

Aarons Day is a speculative choice. He won this race two years ago but could finish only eighth when favourite for last year’s contest.

His win in this race, which was his last, came on heavy ground so he will be quite at home given the likely conditions. Even though he hasn’t been at his best this season he didn’t run badly when fourth in what has turned out to be quite a hot 2m 4f handicap at Punchestown on New Year’s Ever which was won by An Epic Song.

Admittedly he is still 9lbs higher than when last successful but he might be worth taking a chance on. Palace Rock was second in a Grade B event over 2m 4f at Navan last month, previously ran respectably over 2m at Leopardstown and should be able to make his presence felt.

The useful veteran and top-weight Goulane Chosen isn’t one to underestimate and a similar comment applies to Take All, who reverts to hurdles following a spell over fences.

Much interest here will surround the appearance of the crack French cross country performer Prengarde who makes his debut for Enda Bolger.


Next Best: Palace Rock

5.30 BetVictor (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race 1m 7f 101yds

This should go to Sandor Clegane. He followed an impressive debut win at Punchestown with a fine 12l second to Facile Vega in a Grade 2 at Leopardstown earlier this month and he looks more than good enough to shoulder a winner’s penalty in a race such as this.

Music Drive looks the one most likely to trouble the selection. His point-to-point win over Howyabud reads well in light of the latter’s maiden hurdle win at Leopardstown over Christmas and he looked to bump into a very smart type when chasing home Redemption Day in a Leopardstown bumper in December.

He was beaten 4½l on that occasion and showed enough to suggest he would be up to making his mark in a bumper.


Next Best: Music Drive