11 Nov O’Brien excited to take the wraps off Slowmotion in Fishery Lane Hurdle at Naas
Naas racecourse stage their final meeting of 2016 this Saturday 12th November. All eyes will be on the feature Text To Paddy Power Grade 3 Fishery Lane Hurdle (1.00pm), a race that has thrown up some top notch winners in the past, such as subsequent Champion Hurdle scorer Jezki back in 2012.
One of the main attractions for this year’s renewal is the Joseph O’Brien-trained Slowmotion, who just like Jezki, is owned by legendary owner JP McManus.
The four-year-old filly has already scored at Grade 2 level at Fairyhouse last March and she faces three rivals in her bid to get her new season off to the best possible start for her trainer.
O’Brien said: “She has summered really well and we are excited to get her started. She is in very good form at home and I am hoping for a good run, but she should come on for the outing.”
The Willie Mullins-trained Koshari is an intriguing rival. The French import got his Irish career off to the best possible start when winning a competitive novice hurdle at the Punchestown Festival last spring and he looks to be an exciting prospect for the winter months ahead.
Missy Tata arrives into the Fishery Lane Hurdle in red hot form after winning her last three starts, and will be bidding to provide her handler Gordon Elliott with a first victory in the race.
The field is made up by the Joe Murphy-trained Swamp Fox, who landed the prestigious amateur riders’ handicap on the level at the Galway Festival earlier this summer.
Elsewhere on the card, there could be some exciting recruits to the chasing game on show in the Paddy Power’s Betting App Beginners Chase with the Gigginstown House Stud-owned Grade 1-winning staying hurdle winner Prince Of Scars declared for the race.
Curragh-based trainer Sandra Hughes also throws her dual Grade 2-winning novice hurdler Acapella Bourgeois into the mix. Sandra commented: “He is a really exciting horse to have in the yard. He has been schooling really well at home and with a clear round we hope he can go close and it will be onwards and upwards with him. He will do the same as he did over hurdles and will bowl along in front.”
A field of 13 have been declared for the €14,500 Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase (2.45pm).
The action gets going at 12.25pm with the Hospitality At Naas Maiden Hurdle and the ground at Naas is currently yielding, yielding to soft in places.
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