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Lots Of Memories, with Shane Butler up

Lots Of Memories, with Shane Butler up

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Lots Of Memories, with Shane Butler up

Lots Of Memories appeals as nap material under teenage riding sensation Jonathan Burke in this afternoon's Woodlands Park 100 Club Novices' Chase at Naas.

Just five horses are declared for the three-mile Grade Two, a €40,000 race won by the Danny Mullins-ridden Foxrock 12 months ago.

With Ruby Walsh on duty at Ascot and Paul Townend suspended, Mullins falls in here for the plum mount on his uncle Willie's smart six-year-old, Val De Ferbet.

The French import took a little while to find its feet in Ireland, but there was a lot to like about the way that he saw off the subsequent facile Fairyhouse winner Noble Emperor at the same Co Meath venue last month.

In short, Val De Ferbet is an embryonic staying chaser that should keep developing, so he has a live chance today.

Mouse Morris' Rule The World, chinned by Adriana Des Mottes at Fairyhouse in November, and the Noel Meade-trained Wounded Warrior represent Gigginstown Stud, while Michael Hourigan's The Crafty Butcher is more than capable at his best, which he plainly hasn't been lately.

Of the quintet, though, Lots Of Memories' profile is the most accomplished.

Paul Fahey's stable star was a graded winner over this trip as a novice hurdler, and he has progressed well over fences this term. He reverted to two miles to lose his maiden tag at Navan a month ago, when last week's smooth Punchestown winner Jarry D'Honneur was back in fourth, behind Fine Rightly and Champagne James.

That was a hugely commendable turn over an inadequate trip, and Lots Of Memories didn't lost much in defeat when third to Don Poli and Apache Stronghold in Grade One company at Leopardstown over Christmas.

He tired in the straight, having probably gone off a shade quicker than ideal. However, he is tactically versatile, so he can be trusted to collect here under the excellent Burke.

In 2014, Rule The World won the Grade Three Limestone Lad Hurdle, a race that looks a decent opportunity for Kitten Rock to confirm the progress that he has shown in readily winning both starts this term.

Edward O'Grady's JP McManus-owned five-year-old was a decent novice last season, but recent wide-margin triumphs here and at Limerick suggest that he is even better now.

If that is the case, he will be hard to stop under Mark Walsh.

Glens Melody is the selection's main danger. So narrowly denied by her imperious stable-mate Quevega at Cheltenham last year, David Casey's mount is sure to strip a little fitter for her Christmas reappearance.

Walsh is also tipped to score in the McManus colours aboard the Henry De Bromhead-trained Riviera Sun in the maiden hurdle. Meade's Leopardstown bumper winner Russian Bill is a threat, but the fact that Riviera Sun has the benefit of a couple of outings over flights might prove to be the difference.

A Down Royal bumper winner last March, the Milan six-year-old has been positively ridden in both of his hurdling starts, latterly tiring into fifth in a decent race that was won by Windsor Park at the Foxrock venue.

Average

There isn't the same depth to this 15-runner contest, so average improvement should see Riviera Sun go very close.

Liz Doyle's veteran Reality Dose is fancied to score for a third time in the card's two-mile handicap chase. Of his six rivals, Heavenly Brook and Kilmurry Kid have been in the best form of late, but Reality Dose loves it here.

Victorious in this off marks of 87 and 89 the past two years, he didn't show much on his Punchestown return.

Still, he will surely come on for that, and he is back down to a mark of 92, which he looks capable of exploiting under Adrian Heskin.

Pat Fahy's Brian Hayes-ridden Good As Gold gets the nod in the preceding handicap hurdle.

Second in both of her previous visits here, the Beneficial mare was just touched off by High Expectations earlier in the month.

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