DAVY RUSSELL: Naas Saturday

The much needed rain has arrived at last. I can certainly vouch for that having got soaked riding work this morning! The rain was torrential but a bright spot was that Paloma Blue jumped well when I schooled him over fences.

Also news in the last 24 hours that Presenting Percy is set to make his seasonal reappearance in the John Durkan Memorial at Punchestown on 9th December. He’s well in himself and it looks the perfect comeback race for him over two and half miles as he bids to step up in trip further on in the season. It’s always a great race and I’m already looking forward to it.

The jumps season really warms up this weekend in Ireland with excellent cards at Naas on Saturday and Navan on Sunday. I’ll be back with a new blog on Saturday evening with my thoughts on Sunday’s rides which include Dortmund Park in the Lismullen Hurdle and Doctor Phoenix in the Fortria Chase.

Despite the downpour on Friday and more rain forecast I can’t see the ground at Naas being any worse than yielding, which just goes to show had badly it’s been needed.

I’ve got four booked rides on the card. I’m not involved in the Grade 3 Poplar Chase at 12.30 but it looks a race to savour with Footpad and Saint Calvados set to renew rivalry. They last met in the Arkle when it went firmly the way of the Willie Mullins trained runner.

SATURDAY

NAAS

MASTERMIND (1.05pm Fishery Lane Hurdle)

A tough ask for my fella here in a race deep in quality if not quantity. Saldier, Espoir D’Allen and Mr Adjudicator are hard to split and a lot will simply come down to the one that’s the most forward. Mastermind does enjoy a fitness edge, given he ran really well in Galway when a close up fourth 12 days ago but the balance of his hurdles form would suggest he’s in at the deep end and would probably need a career best.

DALLAS DES PICTONS (1.40pm)

Looks a lovely prospect but a lot of Gordon’s (Elliott) have been needing the run as we have struggled to get work into them on the faster ground. Dallas Des Pictons joins the stable from France where he won a couple of races and hopefully he’ll run a big race for us in a race that doesn’t look too deep a contest on paper at least.

NICOLE’S MILAN (2.15pm)

Has had a wind op since his last flight fall in Cork and often they can need a run after that procedure. He’s been working well at home but does carry a bit of condition. He’s got some solid form but we need everything to be be sound in the jumping department. This looks an open race.

BURREN LIFE (3.25pm)

21 runners in a beginners chase so we’ll need our fair share of luck! It’s a very competitive one too with classy hurdlers Bacardys and Any Second Now in opposition. Burren Life gave me a good spin the last day at Tipperary when he finished second over 2m 7f and drops back in trip today. That should have blown the cobwebs off him but this is much tougher.

DAVY


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