Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase (Grade 3) 2m 4f
- (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 5 runners)
- Winner €19,500 2nd €5,700 3rd €2,700 4th €900
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 51.10s
- Off time: 15:30:21
|1st||1 Bright New Dawn||8/11f|
|2nd||2 Letter Of Credit||7½||7/1|
Bright New Dawn (IRE) 21
|7||164 11-10 h||D T Hughes||B J Cooper||144||8/11f|
Letter Of Credit (IRE) 10
|9||159 11-5||J J Mangan||P T Enright||141||7/1|
Owega Star (IRE) 140
|7||159 11-5 t||Peter Fahey||A D Leigh||134||7/1|
Coldstonesober (IRE) 146
|8||156 11-2||J R Finn||E J O'Connell||108||50/1|
Mullaghanoe River (IRE) 43
|6||156 11-2||N Meade||P Carberry||136||3/1|
||7||112 p||E Doyle||M P Butler||NR|
||7||11-2||A J Martin||D N Russell||7/4|
BRIGHT NEW DAWN made a bold attempt to concede Djakadam 11lb when only succumbing on the run-in in a Grade 2 at Leopardstown in January when Mullaghanoe River was left toiling. Dessie Hughes' charge has to concede weight all round here but looks capable of doing so after he easily beat Mallowney in a Grade 2 at Navan. Letter Of Credit is an experienced competitor over fences having already won twice but he's vulnerable to an improver. Owega Star took his time to warm up over fences but won two of his last three in the summer though on quicker ground than he's likely to face here. Colstonesober and Leavethelighton will need to improve to take a hand.
Leavethelighton (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, progress into 2nd 5 out, led before straight, ridden after 3 out, strongly pressed from last, kept on well, all out, won at Gowran Park 2m 2f beg chase hvy in Feb beating Followmeuptocarlow (11-12) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Bright New Dawn (IRE) 5-4fav (11-4) Led or disputed lead, headed before 4th, slight mistake 7th, progress to lead entering straight, ridden approaching last and kept on well to draw clear run-in, won at Navan 2m 1f nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb beating Mallowney (11-4) by 7l, 5 ran.
Letter Of Credit (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Held up in last, left 3rd at 6th, closer entering straight, left 2nd 2 out, led before last where mistake, ridden run-in, kept on well, won at Thurles 2m 2f chs 0-145 hvy in Feb beating Competitive Edge (11-0) by 6l, 4 ran.
Owega Star (IRE) 6-4fav (11-12) Waited with in behind leaders, soon 3rd of the 4, mistake 4th, closed up to be prominent 5 out, bustled along before straight, on terms 3 out, stayed on best to edge ahead closing stages, won at Cork 2m 4f nov chs gd in Oct beating Golden Wonder (11-12) by nk, 4 ran.
Coldstonesober (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, a bit slow 1st, moderate 2nd 3 out, moderate 3rd approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 31l behind One Fine Morning (10-3) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Oct.
Mullaghanoe River (IRE) 10-3 (11-5) Prominent, slightly slow 1st and slight mistake 2nd, chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden 3 out, under pressure before next, no impression, 3rd of 4, 21l behind Djakadam (10-8) at Leopardstown 2m 5f nov chs G2 (1) sft in Jan.