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Henry de Bromhead eager for Naas return with Arcenfete

Sat 27 Jan 2018

Henry de Bromhead is looking forward to unleashing Arcenfete on an Irish racecourse for the first time in the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas on Sunday.

The Gigginstown House Stud-owned six-year-old was a multiple winner in France, scoring both on the Flat and over hurdles.

He received an entry in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival only recently and De Bromhead expects to learn plenty about his potential aspirations by running in this Grade Three contest.

He said: "The Limestone Lad Hurdle is the first real opportunity for Arcenfete as he's not a novice and doesn't have a handicap mark, so we are looking forward to getting him started.

"His form would suggest he seems OK on the ground, but it is his first run for nearly two years so we'll just see how he gets on and we should learn more after Sunday."

The Gigginstown silks are also carried by the Gordon Elliott-trained Duca De Thaix, who concedes weight all round after winning a Grade Three at Limerick over the festive period.

Elliott also saddles Destin D'ajonc, while the Willie Mullins-trained pair of Dolciano Dici and Sandsend and Jessica Harrington's high-class mare Forge Meadow also feature in an eight-strong field.

The other Grade Three prize on offer is the Woodlands Park 100 Club Novice Chase.

Elliott's Jury Duty sets the standard having won a Grade Two at Punchestown before chasing home stablemate Shattered Love in the Grade One Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

He is joined by stable companion Mossback,

Elliott said of Jury Duty: "He ran well at Leopardstown and the Naas race looks a suitable place to go with him now.

"He's a horse that has improved throughout the season and the trip and the ground shouldn't be an issue for him, so hopefully he'll give a good account of himself again."

Elliott's title rival and reigning champion Mullins relies on recent Cork scorer Livelovelaugh.

Noel Meade's Moulin A Vent is fitted with blinkers for the first time and De Danu's Bach, trained by Nigel Slevin, will be a big outsider.

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