Timeform Shortlist: Naas, Sunday January 28

There is a good-quality card at Naas on Sunday
There is a good-quality card at Naas on Sunday

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"He is open to plenty of progress, and may represent a touch of value..."

1.20 A New Experience At Naas Maiden Hurdle 2m

Timeform Top Rated:
135p 6. ROOM TO ROAM Peter Fahey K. C. Sexton
129p 3. LES ARCEAUX Henry de Bromhead Davy Russell
127p 7. SAYO W. P. Mullins P. Townend

Analyst's Verdict:
It may pay to side with Flat winner Sayo, who showed ability on his sole hurdle outing for previous connections in France and who has subsequently joined a powerful yard. Les Arceaux and Room To Roam look best placed to capitalise should the selection fail to meet expectations.


1.50 Limestone Lad Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m

Timeform Top Rated:
159p 1. DUCA DE THAIX Gordon Elliott J. W. Kennedy
154 2. FORGE MEADOW Mrs J. Harrington Robbie Power
152? 4. TANDEM D. K. Weld Denis O'Regan

Analyst's Verdict:
Duca de Thaix clearly reaped the benefit of his reappearance run when putting up a smart performance to win Grade 3 at Limerick over Christmas on just his second start for the yard, and can defy a penalty with the prospect of more to come. Sandsend shaped well on debut for this yard on Boxing Day and should leave that form behind in due course.


2.20 Woodlands Park 100 Club Novice Chase (Grade 3) 3m

Timeform Top Rated:
162p 3. MOSSBACK Gordon Elliott J. W. Kennedy
159 1. JURY DUTY Gordon Elliott Robbie Power
158+ 4. MOULIN A VENT Noel Meade Sean Flanagan

Analyst's Verdict:
Livelovelaugh is already a better chaser than hurdler, impressing with his jumping when winning at Cork 3 weeks ago, and can find the required improvement to beat Mossback and Jury Duty.


2.50 I.N.H. Stallion Owners European Breeders Fund Maiden Hurdle 2m3f

Timeform Top Rated:
138p 2. BALLYWARD W. P. Mullins P. Townend
124p 1. AS YOU WERE Alan Fleming Denis O'Regan
110? 15. TUBACURRY TORNADO Patrick Downey R. C. Colgan

Analyst's Verdict:
Ballyward made a solid start over hurdles at Leopardstown over Christmas and will likely take a bit of stopping with improvement on the cards. Dr Wallace looked useful when landing a bumper for Mags Mullins just over a year ago and is an interesting opponent under Barry Geraghty, while Double Portrait is surely better than he showed on last month's Limerick hurdle bow.


3.20 Circle At Naas Racecourse Handicap Hurdle 2m

Timeform Top Rated:
139§ 11. MICK THE BOYO James Grace Trevor Ryan (7)
138 7. CHAMPAGNE PAT Jonathan Sweeney A. E. Lynch
136+ 6. TOUT EST PERMIS M. F. Morris J. W. Kennedy

Analyst's Verdict:
Champagne Pat 's below-par effort last time can be attributed to the 2f longer trip, and he ought to be capable of making his presence felt again dropping back to 2m. Tout Est Permis, Randalls Ur Poet and Wigs On The Green are all others to consider in a competitive handicap hurdle.


3.50 New Owners & Trainers Lounge Novice Handicap Chase 2½m

Timeform Top Rated:
148+ 6. THE INFORMER Seamus Fahey Sean Flanagan
140 7. ASITSOHAPPENS Moses McCabe J. J. Slevin
139p 5. NEXT BEND T. Gibney Jonathan Moore

Analyst's Verdict:
The Informer took advantage of his lower mark in this sphere and ultimately scored in taking fashion at Down Royal on Boxing Day. A 10 lb hike in the weights makes life tougher but he is expected to go well again in his follow-up bid. Thirsty Work and Next Bend rate the likeliest dangers.


4.20 Naas Rebrand (Pro/Am) I.N.H. Flat 2m3f

Timeform Top Rated:
109 3. VOIX DES TIEP W. P. Mullins Mr P. W. Mullins
106p 5. GALLANT JOHN JOE Oliver McKiernan Mr R. Deegan (7)
105 6. MOUNT PELIER Alan Fleming Mr D. L. Queally (3)

Analyst's Verdict:
Gallant John Joe shaped really well when fourth in a good-quality bumper at Punchestown in April, and though absent since, he is open to plenty of progress, and may represent a touch of value against Voix des Tiep. Mount Pelier is easily the pick of the remainder.


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