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Mikael D'Haguenet

Officials at Naas are to hold a 7.30am inspection ahead of the meeting on Sunday due to an adverse overnight weather forecast. The course is currently raceable, with the ground described as heavy.

If the meeting gets the go-ahead, Mikael D'Haguenet will bid to secure his third victory over fences in the BBA Ireland Limited Opera Hat Novice Chase.

The dual Grade One-winning hurdler has suffered various training and jumping problems over the past couple of seasons, but there is little doubt he is a top-notch performer when he puts it all together.

This season pretty much sums up his chasing career to date as from four starts he has won impressively twice, fallen once and was brought to a standstill on his other appearance when a final-fence blunder cost him certain victory.

Willie Mullins' charge comes back to two miles for the first time over fences this weekend and will undoubtedly have his supporters, despite having to concede weight to each of his rivals.

Henry de Bromhead's Buckers Bridge could be Mikael D'Haguenet's biggest threat if he can bounce back from a disappointing run in the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse in December.

De Bromhead saddles his first ever runner for JP McManus as point-to-point graduate Alexander Leaving makes his debut under Rules in the Tote Jackpot Maiden Hurdle.

McManus is represented in the same race by the Mullins-trained Upsie, a mare who won two bumpers in France.

Perhaps the most interesting race of the entire day is the concluding bumper, a race in which seven of the 10 runners are previous winners.

Mullins saddles leading Champion Bumper contender Clondaw Court, who is likely to be a hot favourite, while Charlie Swan is represented by runaway Navan scorer Agent James, who is once again ridden by his owner John Reddington.

1 October 2016

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Alice Springs claims Sun Chariot glory for Aidan O'Brien
Wick Powell picks up Trophy at Redcar
The Juliet Rose blossoms to beat Almela in Prix de Royallieu
Quest For More claims Cadran glory for Charlton and Baker
Shalaa sparkles as he banks Bengough prize on Ascot return
Potemkin picks up Dollar cash for Andreas Wohler
Move gets up to deny Arab Spring in Cumberland Lodge
Summer Chorus hits winning note at Newmarket
Eternally takes October prize at Ascot for Frankie Dettori
Via Egnatia claims Newmarket victory for John Gosden
The Juliet Rose blossoms to beat Almela in Prix de Royallieu
Doha Dream lifts opening honours in Prix Chaudenay at Chantilly
Christophe Lemaire dreams of Arc glory aboard Japanese raider Makahiki
Jet Setting ready to swoop in Concorde at Tipperary
Jim Crowley rides his 46th winner in September at Newcastle
Ivan Grozny and Hargam star in Istabraq Hurdle at Tipperary
Noel Meade hopeful as Road To Riches takes Gowran challenge
Alyssa digs deep to see off Fireglow at Ascot
Fontwell contest stopped and voided after mid-race drama
Abbaye draw means 'plenty of options' for Mecca's Angel
Grounds for optimism in Sun Chariot for Aidan O'Brien and Alice Springs
'Peak' Postponed primed for Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Chepstow looking unlikely for Thistlecrack chasing debut
Shalaa all set for eagerly-awaited Ascot return
Dean Ivory hoping Librisa Breeze can rise to Ascot Challenge
Arab looking to spring into action in Cumberland Lodge outing

30 September 2016

Airlie Beach makes all to continue on upgrade at Gowran Park
QEII-bound Awtaad to retire at end of the season
Barry Geraghty opts to wait another week on riding comeback
Hathal booked for QEII bid after swerving French mission
Mehmas 'highly unlikely' to feature in Dewhurst as retirement beckons
Pat Smullen anticipating bold show from Almela in Chantilly contest
Mecca's Angel faces 16 rivals as she shoots for Abbaye glory
Burke eager to team up with Tizzard following Potts switch
Postponed draws stall seven for Sunday's Arc showdown at Chantilly
Roger Charlton in quest for Cadran success with More
Frankie Dettori delight at Order Of St George ride in Arc for Aidan O'Brien
Jim Crowley continues title march at Brighton
Davy Russell hit by hefty ban at Clonmel
Argenterie scoped badly after Rockfel disappointment
Persuasive options open as connections opt to miss Sun Chariot
Airlie Beach bids to continue unbeaten run at Gowran Park
Quest For More leads British Cadran challenge
Elliott pleased to welcome new Gigginstown recruits following Mullins split
Don Cossack set to return to Gordon Elliott as he continues recovery

29 September 2016

Review leads to major shake-up in BHA disciplinary procedures
G Force swerves Ascot weekend run to wait for Curragh
Postponed heads 16 runners remaining in Arc reckoning
Alice Springs leads nine in Sun Chariot test
Marco Botti mapping out Easter Classic defence for Grendisar
David Menuisier planning double assault on Old Rowley Cup
Jack Hobbs enjoys racecourse gallop at Kempton
Willie Mullins and Gigginstown House in split, Gordon Elliott to train Don Poli
Air Force Blue retired to stud in America
Lightning Spear in 'top form' for QEII challenge
Hughie Morrison lines up three-pronged attack on Cesarewitch
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Mecca's Angel heads British possibles for Abbaye test
Almanzor taken out of Arc reckoning

28 September 2016

Make Time makes case for Racing Post Trophy tilt
Ebor hero Heartbreak City set for Melbourne Cup bid
Five high-profile splits in the racing world
Gigginstown House Stud horses leave Willie Mullins in split over training fees
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JP McManus pair in the frame for Tipperary test
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'All systems go' for Harzand as Arc raid takes shape for Dermot Weld
Nicky Henderson takes the long road to Tipperary with Hargam
Charlie Fellowes pulls off Fairyhouse coup with big gamble Moonlit Show
Fair Eva conqueror Spain Burg to go under the hammer
Adrian Keatley checks in for Concorde Stakes with Jet Setting
Jim Bolger to resist Dollar cash with Dundalk-bound Qatari Hunter
Minor setback forces Magical Memory into early winter break
Ascot still top of Almanzor agenda despite featuring in Arc field
Trip To Paris in contention for Cadran outing at Chantilly

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