Brightest Young Stars Heading For Naas On Sunday


Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Samcro Navan

Samcro and Jack Kennedy jumping during The Monksfield Novice Hurdle at Navan (GR3) 26.11.2017 Photo: Alain Barr


Leading Cheltenham Festival hopes Samcro and Next Destination are set to clash in the Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle at Sunday. 

Gordon Elliott and champion trainer Willie Mullins appear to be going all out to secure the first Grade 1 of 2018 and both are set to have more than one runner in the race. Elliott is an odds-on favourite to secure his first Irish National Hunt Trainers Championship after the busy Christmas racing schedule during which he sent out 14 winners, including Apple’s Jade, Shattered Love and Mick Jazz at Grade 1 level. 

The €90,000 contest has been a target for Samcro, clear favourite for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, since his success in the Monksfield Hurdle at Navan in November and trainer Gordon Elliott has indicated that his unbeaten six-year-old could be joined by more than one other from his Cullentra House Stables. In all Elliott has left eight horses in the two-and-a-half-mile contest. 

Willie Mullins could run as many as three in the Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle and leading his challenge is Next Destination, already a winner at Naas this season and successful in the Grade 2 Navan Novice Hurdle last month. Next Destination heads the ante post betting for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and his trainer is chasing his third win in the race. Mullins could also be represented by the Gowran Park maiden hurdle winner Carter McKay and Duc Des Geniervres, a winner over hurdles in France last May. 

Noel Meade is set to run Moyross in Sunday's feature and Joseph O'Brien has the option of running Speak Easy. Jessica Harrington could yet be represented by Jetez. 

The €90,000 contest has been a target for Samcro, clear favourite for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March

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