New €1.7m development a game changer that will bring Naas to next level - Ryan
Racecourse manager Tom Ryan believes the €1.7 million feature building at Naas, which officially opens on Sunday, will bring the track closer to becoming one of Ireland's premier racecourses.
The attractive circular building, which is located between the parade ring and the main grandstand, is part of a total investment of €3.2 million at the track, which hosted the Grade 1 Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle this month.
The new building will provide patrons with an opportunity to view the horses in the parade ring as well as witness the action on the track in comfortable surroundings.
"It is a game changer," said Ryan of the new building. "We could not be any happier with the finished product. I'm thrilled and I hope racegoers will be thrilled on Sunday too.
"Our aim was to erect a building which would help bring us to the next level. We have elevated the whole building a metre above ground level and one of our main aims was to accommodate owners properly. We were keen to acknowledge their investment and we feel we've done that."
Naas now stages a Grade 1 over jumps and some quality action on the Flat, Ryan believes the County Kildare track is ready to be upgraded to premier level.
"We were 90 years waiting for a Grade 1 at Naas and now we have got it. I have long held the opinion that since Phoenix Park closed all those years ago Ireland has lacked another premier Flat track and we have put in a huge investment to try to get Naas to fill that niche.
"We all know that the Curragh is the home of Irish Flat racing and hosts all the Classics and that Leopardstown is a terrific track too but we feel there is room for a third premier Flat track in Ireland."
Naas stages a seven-race jumps card on Sunday, featuring the Grade 3 Limestone Lad Hurdle which was won by subsequent Grand National hero Rule The World in 2014 and World Hurdle winner Solwhit in 2013.
The Grade 3 Woodlands Park 100 Club Novice Chase could see leading RSA Chase hope Jury Duty put the finishing touches to his Cheltenham preparations.
That 3m contest also has an illustrious role of honour and was won by Cheltenham Gold Cup candidate Anibale Fly 12 months ago.
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