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I’m writing this on the way back from Dublin after another day’s training for Dancing With The Stars. This week is ‘Movie week’ and I’m dancing the Charleston so it should be a good craic. If I’m honest, I genuinely think I’m not too bad, but I thought that going into last Sunday. Anyway, I seem to be getting that little bit better each day so hopefully I can go okay writes DAVY RUSSELL.

I suppose the obvious place to start this week’s blog is with the news that the Caldwell Construction team are pulling out of racing. It’s obviously a blow for Gordon and he’ll be hopeful of holding onto a young and exciting crop of horses. The Brown’s went from 0-100 in no time and maybe just overstretched themselves a little. Whatever the reasons, let’s hope the horses carry on their journeys in some new colours for Gordon and his team.

The Thyestes was a cracking race and I managed to watch in between training. Ain’t That A Shame was really tough and brave in the conditions and landed Rachael another big prize. It was great to be at the track early – I was only doing a radio piece but it gave me a real buzz.

There is some good racing in Naas on Sunday…



1.00pm Clinton Higgins Chartered Accountants Novice Handicap Chase 2m 4f

There are four nine-year-olds in a field of seven for the novice handicap chase which is strange as you’d expect them to be a bit more youthful. Anyway, I’m going to go with Kings Halo at the bottom as he gets a huge amount of weight from the others. He only carries 10st 1lbs when the rest have at least a stone and a half more. He’s been in good nick, handles the ground and stays well.

1.35pm Download The BetVictor App Maiden Hurdle 1m 7 1/2f

An interesting looking maiden hurdle where Gordon saddles Ndaawi – an ex-Andrew Balding-trained flat horse. He’s slowly getting his act together over timber and was third in Fairyhouse a few weeks back. He’s entitled to build on that if taking a step forward, but may need to do so to see off Henry De Bromhead’s filly at the bottom. Katakana gets the allowance and won her bumper in France last time. The stable are in good nick and, if she settles in her first time hood, she may take some beating.

2.10pm Naas Racecourse Business Club Limestone Lad Hurdle (Grade 3) 1m 7 1/2f

The feature race of the day where it is really hard to see beyond Zarak The Brave (pictured below, centre) who should be too good for this lot. Something was obviously amiss when he was pulled up the last day, but he’s had plenty of time to get over that. He’d previously won the Galway Hurdle and will win this if anywhere near that form. Telmesomethinggirl can keep him honest, but he should be too good.

2.45pm Finlay Ford At Naas Novice Chase (Grade 3) 3m 1f

The other graded feature has only the six runners but could be a lot more open than the market suggests. Embassy Gardens is the obvious favourite on the back of an impressive win in Punchestown, but this is a lot tougher. The likes of Letsbeclearaboutit, Cool Survivor and Desertmore House have all had loads of experience, while Sandor Clegane is very useful on his day. Then there’s Meetingofthewaters who is rapidly improving and could end up being a Grand National horse. It’s wide-open and I think the favourite may find it tough to hold off Meetingofthewaters.

3.15pm I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle 2m 2 1/2f

Number 8 Nas Na Riogh actually means Naas… so there’s your winner. If ever a winner has been planned, it’s this fella. Cleatus Poolaw has a terrible habit of finishing second, but deserves to win one of these.

4.20pm Lengthen The Odds At BetVictor (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race 2m 1 1/2f

Wouldn’t normally have an opinion on the bumper, but I know that Big Stage is a nice horse and should take some beating here. Obviously, Willie introduces a potential nice one too in Jasmin De Vaux so it promises to be interesting.

Good Luck



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