THE NAAS NOVICE HURDLE IS A PATTERN RACE TRIAL FOR THE BALLYMORE NOVICE HURDLE AT CHELTENHAM
The Naas Novice Hurdle is a grade 2 race run at Naas each January over a trip of 2m4f. It is one of the biggest races of the season at Naas and often attracts a stellar cast list with the Cheltenham Festival taking place just a couple of months later.
The stand out name on the list of recent winners is that of Mikael d'Haguenet who won for Willie Mulllins in 2009 before going onto to win the Ballymore Novices Hurdle at the Festival. More recently we saw Rule the World claim the contest in 2013 before chasing home The New One at Cheltenham in the Neptune which once again highlighted the importance of the Naas race.