Irish Eyes: Mikael can win again

  • By: Irish eyes
  • Last Updated: February 23 2013, 15:14 GMT

It's hard to believe that Mikael d'Haguenet, who made his chasing debut back in 2010, would still qualify for novice chases in 2013 but that is the case, as it took him two years to win a chase.

Mikael d'Haguenet: Looks set to strike again on Sunday

Of course, that doesn't tell the full story, as he ran some fantastic races, including when looking all over a winner of the Grade One Drinmore on his aforementioned chasing debut, before falling, so consequently he has much more experience than his rivals in the Grade Two Woodands Park Chase at Naas.

He is the nap choice to make it three wins out of four since he won his first chase in December.

Mallowney ran very well behind Abbey Glen in a valuable handicap hurdle last time out and he had been in great form at home since then. Champion jockey Davy Russell takes over from Martin Burke in the saddle on this occasion, despite the fact that he has a retainer with Gigginstown and they run Rocky Wednesday in the race.

The form of Mallowney's previous second to Canaly at Punchestown is holding up well and he is the each-way selection for the weekend at a likely decent price.

The Grade Two novice hurdle is a very interesting contest and Don Cossack looks likely to go off favourite again. We have been against him on his last two runs and although he ran well last time out, it could be that he'll find one or two too good again.

Annie Power might just prove good enough to give Willie Mullins a hat-trick in this event.

Sunday's Selections (Naas):
Mikael d'Haguenet 2.30 - NAP
Mallowney 3.05 - each-way

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