Classy Destination ready for the step up in class at Naas
Next Destination (1.45 Naas)
We've won two of the three runnings of the Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle since it was upgraded to Grade 1 level in 2015 and we're hoping that Next Destination will add to the victories of McKinley, who was successful three years ago, and Bellshill in 2016.
Next Destination was a good performer in bumpers last season, winning one of his three starts and finishing a good fourth in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham.
He has taken well to hurdles, winning both of his starts. He started off at Naas in November when he won a 2m3f maiden by 13 lengths before going on to put up a good performance in a Grade 2 over Sunday's 2m4f trip at Navan before Christmas.
Sunday's race has been the plan ever since and he's going into it in good form. He's shown that he handles testing ground well and the fact he has already won at the course is a plus. He has done everything right so far and while he's stepping up another grade, we're very happy with him.
Duc Des Genievres (1.45 Naas)
Joining him in the line-up is Duc Des Genievres who won over hurdles in France in May on his only start. He'll be having his first run for us and we felt the two-and-a-half mile trip might suit him more than running him over two miles. We don't know a whole lot about the form of his win in France but he's ready to start and we'll see how things go.
Demi Sang (1.15 Naas)
Another import from France, has his first run for us in the two mile novice chase (1.15) in which he faces only three rivals. Although it's a small field, it looks quite a competitive race. He won both his chase starts in France at Auteuil in September before JP McManus bought him.
He's a fine type, from the family of Grade 1-winning chaser and Welsh National winner Notre Pere and Osana, who finished second in the Champion Hurdle, and is a slick jumper. Barry Geraghty rides and we're looking forward to getting him started.
Asthuria (2.50 Naas)
She has her second run over fences in the two mile mares beginners chase. She was smart over hurdles, winning three times, and ran a good race when second on her chasing debut at Thurles in November. We think she has come on a good bit in the past few weeks and she looks to have a nice chance of getting off the mark over fences at the second attempt.
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