No Time Off For Jury Duty at Naas3 min read
Les Arceaux was progressive at the tail end of the flat season, and made an excellent start over timber when chasing home Veneer of Charm at Punchestown, where he impressed with the fluency of his jumping. He looks certain to improve, and can can get the better of likely favourite Sayo, who was of similar ability on the flat in France, but is sure to be overbet given his stable.
13:50 Limestone Lad Hurdle
Limerick winner Duca de Thaix will probably go off favourite here, but Forge Meadow has shown much-improved form on her last two starts, and will be hard to beat if producing similar form as when second to Let’s Dance at Leopardstown in the holiday period. Prior to that, the daughter of Beneficial had beaten Dawn Shadow in the listed Grabel Hurdle at Punchestown, and with the runner-up winning next time, that form looks a bit more substantial. Conditions hold no fears, and she can give the jolly plenty to think about.
Once again, the in-form Gordon Elliott holds a strong hand, and while Mossback could bounce back, preference is for Jury Duty, who lost no caste in finding stablemate Shattered Love too strong last time, and he had beaten that smart mare at Punchestown on his previous start. He’s a sound jumper for a novice, and this stiff track will bring his undoubted stamina fully to the fore.
Mick The Boyo is a moody and inconsistent sort, but he found loads for pressure when scoring over C&D last time, and seems ideally suited by a galloping left-handed track. He remains well treated on his revised mark, and while he can’t be trusted implicitly to follow that effort up, he’s more of a danger to himself than the opposition is.
Mick The Boyo