Original Option ready to go one better

THE dropped-in-class Original Option should prove hard to beat in the three mile Kill Maiden Hurdle at Naas this afternoon.

Successful in testing conditions in a Limerick bumper last Christmas, Noel Meade’s gelding has produced a couple of promising efforts over flights this season.

At Tipperary, over an inadequate two miles, he finished 14 lengths third behind the smart Hidden Cyclone and was then moved up to three miles in a graded race at Cork on his latest appearance.

Despite a distinct tendency to jump to his left, the selection ran hot-pot, Mount Helicon, to a length and three parts.

This is a far easier assignment and travelling left-handed now has to work in favour of Original Option.

Edward O’Grady and Andrew McNamara have possibilities of a double with Shot From The Hip and Staying Article.

Shot From The Hip gets the vote in the Kingsfurze Maiden Hurdle. He was a bit disappointing at both the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals, but prior to that at Leopardstown looked a horse of potential when making all of the running in a bumper which has worked out reasonably well.

Staying Article won an ordinary bumper by 14 lengths on his debut at Punchestown last month and could be the answer to the Racing Again At Naas On 24th November Maiden Hurdle.

John ‘Shark’ Hanlon’s ex-winning pointer Star Neuville is the one to beat in the Naas Annual Membership Bumper.

He made a good start on the racecourse when four lengths second behind the well-regarded Acccordingtojodie at Galway in August.

That contest was run on a quick surface but Star Neuville will surely be more at home on this ground, and should be nicely suited as well having to go an extra three furlongs.

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