Tuesday 18th December 2018
Author: Jordan Yates (EvRacing_)
I haven’t had an article out since the weekend so many apologies to those who have missed me, i’m sure there’s an abundance of you. I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather which is probably something to do with the torrential rain and gale force winds I endured at Cheltenham for the entirety of Saturday because as a Flat fan, I really can’t handle all that. Anyway, my first post of the week comes from Naas as a very intriguing card looks to take shape with many smart sorts on show and many coming from Closutton as Willie Mullins has several classy representatives on show throughout the afternoon.
The most intriguing of races, in my opinion anyway looks to come in the form of the 1.35 which is a beginners chase contested over a distance of two miles and three furlongs. The race see’s the return of the smart hurdler Duc Des Genievres make his chasing debut on the back of some solid efforts in top company over the smaller obstacles last term. He was certainly chucked in the deep end since arriving with Willie last term and there could well be more to come from him now over fences. He’s put in here as the 11/8 favourite and has the services of Paul Townend on board. His main rival in the betting looks to be a former stablemate of his Carter McKay. Now with Gordon Elliott and in the colours of Qatar Racing he’s certainly an interesting recruit for these powerhouse connections and this clearly talented sort could have a big say here. He finished third within Grade 1 company last season and he’s a general 5/2 chance here with the ever reliable Davy Russell in the saddle. There are several other interesting candidates here in A Plus Tard, Impact Factor, Ex Patriot and Ministerforsport who all have the ability to play a part.
The betting suggests that it looks to be between the top two and the most likely of winner does look to be the Willie Mullins charge. However at the prices I’d be willing to chance Ministerforsport. He came down the last day in a beginners chase that was won by Getabird but he wasn’t unfancied though that day and went off a clear second favourite. He certainly looks like he has something to offer within this sphere and he might be one to go well at a decent price.
Ministerforsport – (9/1) (E/W)
Mullins Naas Raid
The Mullins raid starts within the first race the 12.30 where he sends Face The Facts to take his chance. A smart performer on the level for John Gosden and looks a similar recruit to what Nichols Canyon was. His main rival looks to come in the form of Henry de Bromhead’s Embrun Mitja. The 2.05 see’s the Cheltenham bumper winner Relegate take her chance again. She was disappointing on her reappearance run last time but didn’t have the best trip that day and will likely be a lot more tuned up here. Ruby Walsh is in the saddle. Pont Aval looks set to take her place in the concluding bumper on the card. She ran a solid race when third the last day but will need to step up should she get the better of the Joseph O’Brien trained Good Scent.