Elliott star to put unbeaten record on the line in Sunday’s Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle


Thursday, January 03, 2019
Lawlors of Naas

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: http://status.hri-ras.ie/entries/Microsoft_Word__2019_ONOR005.PDF?id=1

 

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. 

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