Liz Doyle’s good form continues at Naas ahead of Cheltenham
LIZ Doyle was given a timely boost ahead of Le Vent D'Antan's run in the Cheltenham bumper when Rich Revival took the feature event at Naas.
The County Wexford handler has her team in top form at the right time and Rich Revival (7-1) kept up the good work with a game win in the Woodlands Park 100 Club Leinster National Handicap Chase.
Rich Revival is a testament to his trainer's ability as he was completing a hat-trick after a 20-month absence.
Brian O'Connell rode a patient race on the nine-year-old, weaving his way through the pack to challenge at the final fence.
He was tackled hard by Murchu on the run-in but got the verdict by three-quarters of a length.
Rare Bob ran a gallant race under top weight to claim third just a length and a half away.
Doyle's partner and assistant Barry Murphy said: "That was great to get another one before Cheltenham, that will keep us confident before going there.
"I'm delighted to get that win as his aim all year has been the Irish National. We stepped him up in trip to make sure he stays and Brian said that three-mile five would be no problem.
"I'm not sure what weight he would get but he should definitely get into it now. Hopefully we will get rain as he wouldn't want it any drier than today."
Champion jockey Davy Russell struck on Dedigout (7-4 favourite) in the Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase.
A Grade One-winning hurdler last season, he had disappointed the last twice over fences but looked a class above his Grade Three rivals.
Tony Martin's charge led between the last two fences and pulled seven and a half lengths clear of the pace-setting You Must Know Me.
"He was unlucky at Leopardstown as he missed the second fence and he lost his confidence," said Martin.
"He likes that ground and he is ground dependent. We will leave it a week or two now and see how the ground goes."
Martin later doubled up with the Robbie McNamara-ridden Quickpick Vic (7-2) in the bumper.
Paul Carberry brought Mallowney with a perfectly-timed run to take Listed honours in the Kingsfurze Novice Hurdle.
Carberry delivered Tim Doyle's seven-year-old with a strong challenge on the outside between the final two flights to deny Shrapnel by a length and a quarter.
"I thought the handicapper was a bit hard on him (went up 14lb for his win last time out) but he showed today that he is up to that class," said Doyle.
"We will look to Fairyhouse and Punchestown now to take on the big boys."
The J P McManus-owned Dressedtothenines (12-1) followed up a fortunate success at Punchestown with victory in the Naas Supporters Handicap Hurdle.
Eddie Harty's six-year-old kept on well to score by a length and a quarter from Vics Canvas in the hands of Niall Madden.
"We decided to come here rather than run in a mares conditions race as they can be very strong at this time of the year," said Harty.
"She travelled better today on the bit better ground and she looked to have it sewn up turning in barring a mistake."
The Ted Walsh-trained Foxrock opened his account as he justified 5-4 favouritism for owner Barry Connell and his newly-appointed retained jockey Danny Mullins in the Sunday Market At Naas Racecourse Maiden Hurdle.
Francis Flood's Wicklow Lad made all to land the Panoramic Restaurant For Mother's Day Handicap Hurdle under 5lb claimer Paddy Kennedy while Sean Flanagan got Hidden Future (9-1) home in the Smullen Transport Supporting Naas GAA Beginners Chase for County Down handler Colin McBratney.