Confirmed runners and riders for the Grade 1 Lawlor’s Of Naas – plus a free bet | Horse Racing News

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Paul Townend will partner Grangeclare West in the Grade 1 Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle on Sunday

Paul Townend will partner Grangeclare West in the Grade 1 Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle on Sunday

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The unbeaten Grangeclare West heads a field of nine for the Grade 1 Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle (2.20) on Sunday as one of two runners for champion trainer Willie Mullins.

The Cheveley Park-owned seven-year-old is prominent in the betting for the Ballymore and Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival, and will be joined at Naas by his stablemate Champ Kiely.

Champ Kiely finished fourth in his previous Grade 1 run in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse in December, but did win a Grade 3 at Tipperary in October. Paul Townend takes the ride on Grangeclare West, while Danny Mullins will partner Champ Kiely.

There is no place for Gaelic Warrior despite having been entered, while €360,000 French recruit Spanish Harlem was also withdrawn by Mullins.

Gordon Elliott has won four of the last six runnings of this race and will be represented by Irish Point and Imagine. Irish Point was denied by a head of the Royal Bond and will have Jack Kennedy on board. Jordan Gainford will ride Imagine, who finished narrowly behind Gavin Cromwell’s Inothewayurthinkin at Gowran Park in November.

Inothewayurthinkin is one of two JP McManus-owned entrants and Luke Dempsey will take the ride for the first time. Dawn Rising bids for a hat-trick having previously scored at Listowel and Navan and runs for the in-form Joseph O’Brien and JJ Slevin.

Noel Meade’s Affordale Fury won his bumper and on his hurdles debut before falling behind Dawn Rising at Navan. The field is completed by Sean Doyle’s Monbeg Park and the Oliver McKiernan-trained Kalanisi Star.

Arkle hopeful Appreciate It is an eye-catching runner for Mullins in the 2m Rathmore Stud Irish EBF Novice Chase (1.20) and will again take on the Elliott-trained Top Bandit, having seen him off at Punchestown before Christmas.

2021 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle winner Telmesomethinggirl will run in the 2m4f beginners’ chase for mares (12.50 p.m) and will come up against a Grade 1 winner in the form of the Shark Hanlon-trained Skyace.

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Lawlor’s Of Naas runners and riders

Affordable Fury Bryan Cooper
Champ Kiely Danny Mullins
Dawn Rising JJ Slevin
Grangeclare West Paul Townend
Imagine Jordan Gainford
Inothewayurthinkin Luke Dempsey
Irish Point Jack Kennedy
Kalanisi Star Phillip Enright
Monbeg Park Keith Donoghue

Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle (2.20 Naas, Sunday)

Paddy Power: 5-4 Grangeclare West, 9-2 Irish Point, 11-2 Champ Kiely, Inothewayurthinkin, 8 Dawn Rising, 12 Affordable Fury, 20 Monbeg Park, 25 Imagine, 50 Kalanisi Star

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