Demi Sang (Barry Geraghty) has his first run for us in the 2 mile novice chase. He is a nice addition to the yard and has won two races over fences at Auteuil on soft ground so we know he will handle these conditions. If he adapts to our Irish style fences he could be hard to beat.
We have two runners in the grade 1 novice hurdle. Next Destination (Paul) won his maiden hurdle impressively here in November and then followed up in great style over this trip at Navan last month. He is working very well and hopefully will make it three from three over hurdles today. Duc Des Genievres (David Mullins) is already a winner in France and is a smart recruit for the future. This will give us an immediate clue as to where he lies in the pecking order of our novice hurdlers.
Asthuria (Paul) runs in the mares’ beginners chase over 2 miles. She was second on her chasing debut at Thurles in November. She jumper well that day but just got a bit tired in the closing stages. The benefit of that run puts her in an excellent position to go one better here.