Naas Racecourse hosts the traditional Birdcather meeting on Sunday with the first race of the day getting off at 1.50 pm. The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Birdcatcher Premier Nursery of €40,000 is one of the feature races on a very attractive 8 race programme.
This year’s Birdcatcher has a couple of leading fancies who are headed by two time course and distance winner Lightnin Hopkins. Ger Lyon’s colt was first past the post at Naas when ground conditions were similarly soft during meetings in June and August. The top wait Muaanid was 4th in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes last time, while Jim Bolger’s runners in the Birdcatcher always have to be respected and he is represented by Beyond Thankful who runs of 9 stone 1.
Elsewhere in the card John Oxx should score in the Listed Barnet Stakes with Manieree, she has been campaigning at Group level so far this season including a win in the Group 2 Blanford Stakes in September. The bumper usually ends up being the most interesting of the National Hunt races the top stables of Noel Meade and Willie Mullins will have a big say in this contest.
All eyes will be on the fashion, as there will be a €1,000 worth of prizes from the Osprey Hotel + Spa to the most stylishly dressed lady on the day. The prize will include a two night stay for two people in the Osprey Hotel + Spa’s luxurious penthouse, with an elegant living room downstairs and your own private balcony, champagne and chocolates on arrival, a delicious dinner at the mash restaurant and an hour long Swedish massage.
The momentum and anticipation has been building throughout the year with all sights firmly set on the prize. Not forgetting our finalists, all 10 fashion finalists picked from the glamorous crowd by Rozanna Purcell will receive a Beauty Goodie Bag worth €150 from the Osprey Hotel + Spa and all ladies who dress up get to enjoy a Sparkling Prosseco reception hosted by the hotel.
Admission €15 with a free €5 bookie betting voucher, under 18s and students under 26 (with valid ID card) admitted Free.