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The promising Tornado Flyer is a hopeful choice to land a cracking edition of the Grade 1 Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle.

This race looks the best novice hurdle run in Ireland this season and it brings together a pair of hugely exciting types in Tornado Flyer and Battleoverdoyen.

Over the last few years Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott have dominated this race and that looks to be the case once more as both trainers field top prospects.

Tornado Flyer already has experience at Grade 1 level having finished third in the Cheltenham Bumper before going on to land the Champion Bumper at Punchestown last April.

The six-year-old was then handed his hurdling debut at Punchestown last month and he produced a smart display to win nicely.

He should make up into one of the best novices in the country but he will need to if he is to hand Battleoverdoyen the first defeat of his career.

Gordon Elliott’s charge looked very exciting when he made a winning debut in a bumper around six weeks ago.

Even better was to come on his hurdling debut at Navan where he bolted up without coming under the slightest pressure.



Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins

This massive gelding is a horse with Grade 1 potential and he can be expected to push the Mullins inmate all the way.

Although he may have to settle for a minor role in the big race Elliott should strike with Campeador in the novice chase.

This gelding’s career has been blighted by jumping problems but he got his act together last time to win well at Fairyhouse.

He jumped very well that day and his effort there indicated that he could be ready to deliver on the potential that he has shown from an early stage of his career.

Campeador faces just two rivals and he should see off Articulum who ran well to chase home Getabird at Punchestown last month.

In the opening maiden hurdle it is hard to look past the chances of Jessica Harrington’s smart mare Barrington Court.

She was a very impressive Navan bumper winner in November and she lost little in defeat on her hurdling debut at this track a few weeks ago.

On that occasion she had to settle for third but she was beaten by the Cheltenham winner Relegate and the very smart Caravation.

Henry de Bromhead has some good chances throughout the card and he could easily end the day with a double.

The in form trainer could strike first with Arvico Bleu whose form this season includes a second to Le Richebourg at Listowel. That should see him win the handicap chase.

The trainer can also land the mares beginners chase with High School Days whose third in a Cork Grade 3 last time earns her the vote.

Ryan McElligott’s tips for Naas

12.50 Barrington Court (Nap)

1.20 Campeador

1.50 Tornado Flyer

2.20 Arvico Bleu

2.50 Ming Dynasty

3.20 High School Days

3.50 Zambezir

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