Today's racecards

Naas

  • 13:35 Slaney Novice Hurdle 2m 4f

  • Winner €24,374 2nd €7,126 3rd €3,374 4th €1,126
  • Going: Soft to Heavy, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 17.30s
  • Off time: 13:36:07
13:35 Naas Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Rule The World 7/1
2nd Minsk (IRE) 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 981-173 Royal blue, light green star & sleeves, light green star on cap Captain Arceus (IRE) 28
Nag me
7 11-3 t1 D T Hughes R Loughran 123 33/134.00
2 2111-12 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Champagne Fever (IRE) 35
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 11-3 W P Mullins R Walsh 149 1/41.25
4 1-121 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Rule The World 29
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-3 M F Morris D N Russell 134 7/18.00
5 2-14 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Minsk (IRE) 35
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-0 D T Hughes B J Cooper 140 5/16.00
6 7-381 EMERALD GREEN, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap Sizing Jo'burg (IRE) 53
Nag me
5 11-0 H De Bromhead A E Lynch 130 25/126.00
Non runners
3127-352Joncol (IRE)1011-3P NolanR M Power

Verdict

This looks yet another for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh via dual Champion Bumper winner CHAMPAGNE FEVER, who came up against a very high-class performer when runner-up to Jezki, who followed up in the Future Champions at Leopardstown, in the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse. He's unlikely to bump into anything as smart this season and can gain compensation. Minsk, who finished an excellent fourth in the Royal Bond, looks held but Rule The World had no problems defeating Joncol at Navan though the latter, who continues his rehabilitiation, was having his first ever start over hurdles and should get much closer. Captain Arceus and Sizing Jo'burg will need to improve but the latter made a big impression at Downpatrick and is set to go on to better things.