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Golden Silver camp consider Naas outing

CHAMPION Chase contender Golden Silver is not a definite runner in Sunday's paddypower.com Chase at Naas.

A winner of 11 races, most recently when getting the better of reigning Champion Chaser Big Zeb for the first time in the Tied Cottage Chase, he has yet to be out of the first two this season.

Trained by Willie Mullins and owned by Violet O'Leary, of Florida Pearl fame, the nine-year-old also holds entries in the Ryanair Chase next month.

"This horse has had a long season and Cheltenham is the thing in mind. But he has come well out of Sunday week and at the moment he is entered," said O'Leary's husband, Archie. "He's not a definite and a lot will depend on a high performance in training on Thursday for his confirmation."

Also entered are stablemate Scotsirish, Follow The Plan and Made In Taipan.

At Folkestone yesterday, jockey Hadden Frost was banned for 12 days after riding a finish a circuit too early on Romney Marsh in the staying handicap chase. He had set up a big lead over his four rivals in the three-mile-one-furlong contest and eased his mount right down as he went past the winning post.

After realising his mistake, Frost then tried to get the 8/1 chance back into the race but he eventually pulled up his mount. The jockey was suspended for 12 days, between March 1-12, which means he is still able to ride at the Cheltenham.

There was nearly an Irish-trained winner at Newcastle but Our Niki -- sent over by Barry Potts -- had to settle for second place behind favourite Thornton Alice in the mares maiden hurdle.

The Donegal-trained Brabazon could strike for young trainer Emmet Butterly at Lingfield today.

The eight-year-old landed quite a gamble at the venue last November, being backed off the boards and he won by 10 lengths, but paid the price with a 14lb hike in weights.

Following his Lingfield romp, he made a swift reappearance under a penalty and lost little in finishing second as the race obviously came too quickly. Something was evidently amiss when he was last of nine on his next outing, an opinion which was underlined when he bounced back into the winner's enclosure at Wolverhampton a week ago. The fact that Jamie Spencer takes the mount today is an added bonus.

Irish Independent