Through The Card: Naas, Saturday 9 February
Timeform take you through the card at Naas on Saturday...
"...she looks the one to beat here in what doesn’t appear to be the strongest listed race..."
Timeform on Pravalaguna
12:40 - This looks a good opportunity for CITY ISLAND (1) to record another win. He looked a smart prospect when recording his second win over hurdles at Leopardstown over Christmas and can complete a hat-trick now. Chavi Artist is likely to prove the main threat if able to back up his latest effort.
13:10 - DROP THE ANCHOR (10) was a useful performer in bumpers, winning at Listowel in September, and that form has worked out well. He shaped with promise on hurdling debut over 19f here last time, too, making headway three out but having no extra after. There's reason to think he has more to offer, though, and the drop back to two miles will also suit. Debuchet sets the clear standard but has a break to overcome.
13:40 - FAUGUERNON (12) was a near-smart performer on the Flat when trained in France, winning three times, including at listed level, and he shaped with promise on hurdling debut at Fairyhouse last month. That was his first start for over a year, so he is entitled to strip fitter for that, and he is open to improvement in this sphere, too. All For Joy remains open to improvement and is also considered.
14:10 - PRAVALAGUNA (7) was useful over hurdles, and she built on her chasing debut as expected after eight months off when winning by eight lengths at Limerick in December. She produced a near-faultless round of jumping, disputing the lead and travelling well before pressing on after the ninth fence, in control when left in front at the last. Pravalaguna isn't the biggest, but she looks the one to beat here in what doesn't appear to be the strongest listed race.
14:40 - French recruit KONITHO (5) made the perfect start for new connections when winning a juvenile event over C&D by five lengths two weeks ago, never far away and always travelling well. He showed a good turn of foot to assert between the last two flights and, given connections were harbouring Triumph Hurdle aspirations afterwards suggests he's held in some regard. Stablemate Band of Outlaws looks an obvious threat.
15:10 - VELOCITY BOY (1) shaped a bit better than the bare result at Fairyhouse in December, left with a lot to do and generally not seen to anywhere near best effect. He was making headway when he hit the third from home, not persevered with once held. This race doesn't look as competitive, and having fallen to a handy mark, he is one to be interested in at present.
15:40 - THEREISNODOUBT (9) isn't long with this yard, and landed some nice bets when winning a handicap over this distance at Clonmel by nine lengths last time, going through the race in the style of one well ahead of his mark. The handicapper has hit him with an 11 lb rise, but such was the manner of that success he will remain of interest, and he is expected to make his presence felt in this stronger race. Handicap debutants Leave Your Mark and Captain Courageous are of particular interest, too. The first-named shaped well at Thurles last time and strikes as the type to do better in handicaps for shrewd connections.
16:10 - FRONT VIEW (4) was no match for a very useful Willie Mullins opponent at Gowran 16 days ago, but he did a lot right in putting distance between himself and the rest and he's up to winning a race like this. Zambezir also showed plenty on debut, while Special Brute is perhaps the pick of the newcomers.
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13:10 - 10
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14:10 - 7
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