Nine go forward for Sunday’s Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle
The exciting Battleoverdoyen will head a field of nine
runners for Grade 1 Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle on Sunday. Already a
two-time winner this season for Gordon Elliott, Battleoverdoyen recorded a
13-length victory at Navan last month and will ridden by Jack Kennedy once
again. He will be joined by his stable companion Commander Of Fleet, the mount
of Davy Russell, in the first Grade 1 race in Ireland of 2019.
Elliott is so far the only trainer other than Willie Mullins
to win the Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle since it was upgraded to Grade 1
status and the latter runs a team of three. Tornado Flyer leads the way for the
champion trainer having made a winning debut over hurdles in a two-and-a-half-mile
maiden at Punchestown last month. The Cheltenham Bumper third is already a
Grade 1 winner having ended last season with a victory in the Champion Bumper
at the Punchestown Festival. Mullins will also saddle Come To Me and Getareason.
Fresh from a terrific festive period Joseph O’Brien is
looking to secure his second Grade 1 success of the season with Lone Wolf which
looked a horse with a future when he made a winning return to action in a two-and-a-quarter
mile maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse early last month. The six-year-old was also
successful in a bumper at the Punchestown Festival in April and will be ridden
here by Mark Walsh.
The €90,000 contest also includes the Jessica Harrington-trained
Magnium (Robbie Power), the Mouse Morris-trained Sams Profile and Noel Meade’s
First Approach (Sean Flanagan).
A full link to the declarations for the meeting at Naas on
Sunday can be found here: