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Streets Of Doyen seeks to advance Festival claims over shorter trip at Naas

Tue 23 Feb 2021

John McConnell is hoping Streets Of Doyen will advance his Cheltenham Festival claims in the Paddy Power Betting Shop Novice Hurdle at Naas on Sunday.

The progressive Streets Of Doyen has won each of his past four outings over 3m, including at Cheltenham in October, but will be dropping to 2m for the Grade Two contest this weekend, which forms part of the Paddy Power Festival Trials Day.

"Streets Of Doyen is in good form and has done well for a bit of a break," McConnell said on Tuesday. "He is in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham, which is obviously over three miles and the race at Naas is two miles but we think he can still run well. I didn't want to run him over that sort of distance at this stage so I have no problem with dropping him back down in trip.

 Streets Of Doyen has won his past four races (Focusonracing)
Streets Of Doyen has won his past four races (Focusonracing)

"It will be very much a stepping stone for him to Cheltenham but with the ground being as testing as it is it will ride like a longer race and I would hope he will give a good account of himself this weekend which will leave him right for Cheltenham next month."

Streets Of Doyen is a general 25-1 for the Albert Bartlett.

Course winner Echoes In Rain is Willie Mullins' sole representative in the race, while Gordon Elliott has Navan winner Gars De Sceaux and Fairyhouse victor Grand Paradis to choose from as he bids to win a fourth renewal in six seasons.

Another horse enjoying a fruitful winning sequence at the moment is Bachasson, who heads the entries for the Grade Three WhatOddsPaddy? Chase.

A winner of the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas last month, Bachasson looks likely to revert to fences and stay at the minimum trip as he looks to make it four from four this season. Cilaos Emery also features among the nine entries for the opening race on Sunday's card.

Westmeath-based Ciaran Murphy has enjoyed a good start to his training career since taking over from Irish Grand National winning trainer Dot Love this year and Enjoy D'allen may well book his spot at the big spring festivals if completing a hat-trick in the Paddy Power 'From The Horse's Mouth' Podcast Novice Handicap Chase.

The concluding Paddy Power Flat Race is sure to throw up plenty of interest and potentially a Champion Bumper candidate for Cheltenham with entries Ballycairn, Eric Bloodaxe, Gerri Colombe and Highland Charge all previous winners already

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