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Realt ready to shine again as he returns at Naas

TOMORROW'S action at Naas is set to be a popular fixture not just for racing fans but GAA followers too as Club Kildare, the Kildare GAA Supporters Club, host their big fundraising day on a card with plenty of quality, writes Niall Cronin.

lThe Grade Three Popular Square Chase is due to feature the return to action of Noel Meade's classy chaser Realt Dubh, who could take on the likes of Noble Prince and Loosen My Load in the Ben Dunne Gyms Supporting Kildare GAA Popular Square Chase.

lIn addition to that is the competitive Grade C Copper Face Jacks Brown Lad Handicap Hurdle, while the K Windows Supporting Kildare GAA Hurdle is also an interesting affair, with Martin Brassil's ever-progressive Double Seven taking on Canaly, Fully Funded, Our Girl Salley and Cottrelsbooley.

lTomorrow's card also features the Kildare Senior Footballers Sweepstakes, which is a charity race to conclude the card in which I am delighted to be getting the chance to ride for Gordon Elliott.

It will be interesting to be riding in the race alongside the likes of Eddie McCormack and Sos Dowling, who were two stalwarts of Kildare GAA in the 1998 campaign that brought a Leinster title back to the county for the first time in many decades.

lIronically, Eddie will be riding for another stalwart of that team in Willie McCreery, who trains Ionisphere, while Sos rides Imply for James Leavy, whose family is rich in GAA and horse racing tradition in Kildare.