GBI RACING

Next Destination extends winning run with Grade One triumph at Naas

Next Destination wins the Grade One Lawlor's of Naas Novice Hurdle Next Destination kept his unbeaten record over jumps intact with a workmanlike victory in the Lawlor's of Naas Novice Hurdle.
Fourth in last season's Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old made a sparkling debut over hurdles at this venue in November and followed up in similarly impressive style in the Grade Two Navan Novice Hurdle last month.
He was a prohibitively priced 8-15 favourite to complete his hat-trick in a Grade One contest his trainer had won five times in the last eight renewals, a nd while it was not as straightforward as many were expecting, he got the job done in the hands of Paul Townend.
Next Destination was always well positioned, tracking the pacesetting Jetz for much of the two-and-a-half-mile journey before taking over the lead early in the home straight.
Cracking Smart, runner-up to Next Destination at Navan, finished strongly after the final flight to grab second once more and there was only a length between them at the line.


The eyecatcher of the race was the winner's stablemate Duc Des Genievres.


A winner on his only previous start in France, the 25-1 shot travelled strongly for a long way and was not beaten far into third place.
Townend said: "From the day he won his maiden here he was exciting and thankfully he's gone and done it again.
"It's tough work out there and it was a messy enough race. I'd say his ability got him home.
"I thought we'd go a bit quicker, to be honest, and I just wanted to keep it as simple as I could.
"He jumped electric and was tough when I needed him.
"He seems to be improving and growing up. Hopefully it's onward and upwards."


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