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STAR ATTRACTION: Carefully Selected is making a quick reappearance. Pic: Patrick McCann

STAR ATTRACTION: Carefully Selected is making a quick reappearance. Pic: Patrick McCann

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STAR ATTRACTION: Carefully Selected is making a quick reappearance. Pic: Patrick McCann

Carefully Selected (2.10, Naas) looks to be the star attraction on an interesting Naas card tomorrow afternoon.

Racecourse manager Eamonn McEvoy was quoted earlier this week describing Naas as the perfect Cheltenham prep venue and Willie Mullins will be hoping for the perfect prep as he attempts to get Carefully Selected qualified for the National Hunt Chase.

A quick reappearance is fairly unusual for a Mullins runner, but the eight-year-old must be placed over at least three miles if he is to partake in the National Hunt Chase and the Naas Racecourse Business Club Novice Chase looks a good opportunity for him to do that and pick up the lion's share of prize money along the way.

The good action comes along early at Naas as the Grade Three Limestone Lad Hurdle is the second contest down for decision.

It would seem unlikely that this race will throw up a second Champion Hurdle winner in as many years following on from Espoir D'allen last season but it is made all the more interesting with the inclusion of the Australian-trained Big Blue who becomes the first from that country to run over jumps here.

Of the seven runners it is STORMY IRELAND (1.40, Naas) who appears the most solid and is surely one that bookmakers will be most fearful of.

Later on the card, Naas has a good maiden hurdle to keep an eye on with the highly regarded THE BIG GETAWAY (2.40, Naas) likely to appreciate the more galloping track this time and any rain that falls overnight.

Three weeks after winning her beginners chase with ease at the venue, CARAVATION (3.40, Naas) returns to Naas for the Naas Racecourse Of The Year Novice Handicap Chase.

Good Thyne Tara was a faller when Carvation scored but she is an admirable mare who has shown a liking for the venue and can defy top weight here.

If the Dublin Racing Festival next week misses anything it is a high quality hunters' chase, but the finale tomorrow is one of the better races in that sphere.

Edwulf is a stand out runner in the field, but the David Christie-trained DYLROW (4.10, Naas) looks capable of franking their form from Down Royal at Christmas.

The juvenile hurdle division needs a stand out performer and it's hard to think it will come in tomorrow's opener, but MILLSWYN (1.10, Naas) is worth following.

NAAS TOMORROW

1.10 Millswyn

1.40 Stormy Ireland

2.10 Carefully Selected

2.40 The Big Getaway

3.10 Morning Skye

3.40 Caravation

4.10 Dylrow