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Saturday 16 December 2017

Walsh can catch a break in Naas chase

Mark Walsh has the pick of JP McManus’ Naas horses. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Mark Walsh has the pick of JP McManus’ Naas horses. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

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While some of Ireland's top riders are injured or on duty at Cheltenham, Naas patrons can enjoy watching the likes of Ruby Walsh, namesake Mark and some classy animals today.

With Barry Geraghty in England, Mark Walsh has the pick of JP McManus' Naas horses. Walsh, a superb rider, can take the novice handicap chase with Give Me A Break.

Michael Hourigan has hit a little form and this mare, whilst not a natural, is rated 17lb lower over fences than over hurdles. Moreover, she is a course winner.

The feature Fishery lane is a four-runner belter, Koshari taken to get the better of Missy Tata.

Koshari's stablemate Saturnas, also a French recruit, makes his Irish debut in the opener and may have too much pace for Blast Of Koeman.

Prince Of Scars, a strapping sort for Gordon Elliott, can score on chase debut under Ruby. Acapella Bourgeois is a smart alternative.

Wishmoor is a tentative choice in the second maiden hurdle, I Knew Well is a speculative pick in the apprentices' handicap chase and Westland Row can take the bumper in famous colours.

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