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Monday 22 January 2018

Next Destination for Samcro is Naas run

Samcro and Jack Kennedy dominate the Monksfield Novice Hurdle (Grade 3). Photo: Patrick McCann
Samcro and Jack Kennedy dominate the Monksfield Novice Hurdle (Grade 3). Photo: Patrick McCann

The dust is only settling on an epic Christmas Festival at Leopardstown but Grade One action returns at Naas this weekend with Samcro (inset) headlining the potential line up after yesterday's forfeit stage.

Gordon Elliott won the Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle last year with Death Duty and the unbeaten Samcro is likely to meet Navan Novice Hurdle winner Next Destination along with impressive novices Moyross and Speak Easy.

Patrick Mullins revealed yesterday that his father could be triple-handed in the opening Grade One race of the year.

"This race has been the plan for Next Destination since before Christmas. He won his maiden hurdle at Naas and it is always nice to have course form. We are hoping at this stage that he might make (it) into a horse for the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham and we'll find out a bit more after Sunday.

"One or both of Carter McKay and Duc Des Geniervres will also run in the race. We saw at Leopardstown last week, it is never any harm to have back up in these races!"

Noel Meade is set to run Moyross in Sunday's feature but the trainer is yet to settle on plans for his Christmas Chase winner Road To Respect.

"He's come out of the race in good form," Meade told the Herald yesterday. "The Irish Gold Cup would be the race for Disko now but we haven't decided if Road To Respect will go there as well. Mike (O'Leary) just said to keep him ticking over for now."

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