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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Exciting Demi Sang chasing third win over fences on Irish debut

Willie Mullins: sends Demi Sang to Naas on Sunday for his Irish debut
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Bought by JP McManus after winning two chases at Auteuil in September, Demi Sang makes his Irish debut in the four-runner novice chase (1.15) in which he faces three rivals including Avenir D'Une Vie.

Willie Mullins, trainer of the five-year-old, said: "Demi Sang is a nice addition to the team. He's a slick jumper and we're looking forward to starting him off.

"He's won both his chases and also won over hurdles in France and is a nice type." 

Hat-trick bid

Cubomania has been busy since Christmas, winning handicaps at Down Royal and Tramore, and will be seeking a hat-trick when he carries top weight in the 2m Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (3.25).

The five-year-old gave rider Eric Roche his first win when scoring at Down Royal and he will be claiming 4lb on the Gordon Elliott-trained son of Halling.

"Cubomania came out of his Tramore win well. He's gone up in the ratings but he's in good form and, with a bit of luck, he should be there or thereabouts," Elliott said.

Famous silks return

Asthuria – who carries the blue and green colours of George Creighton, which were made famous by record-breaker Hurricane Fly – will be bidding to get off the mark over fences at the second attempt in the 2m mares beginners' chase (2.50).

A three-time winner over hurdles, the seven-year-old finished second on her debut over fences at Thurles in November and her trainer Willie Mullins is expecting an improved performance from Paul Townend's mount.

Mullins said: "Asthuria ran a good race at Thurles and is in good form. We think she has improved since that first run over fences."

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He is a slick jumper and we're looking forward to starting him off
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