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Noble return for Prince

Noble Prince had no trouble landing the odds on his return to action in the Ben Dunne Gyms Supporting Kildare GAA Poplar Square Chase at Naas.

The 1-3 shot duly disposed of his two rivals in testing conditions to erase the memory of his fall in the Powers Gold Cup on his final start in the spring.

Winner of the Jewson Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March, Paul Nolan's charge had what amounted to little more than a schooling session and when Davy Russell asked him to go on two out, the seven-year-old conceded 9lb to the other two with the minimum of fuss.

Jigalo took second place, four and a half lengths behind the easy winner.

"It's nice to have his first run over with. When the ground is soft you're a bit worried," said Nolan.

"Anyhow, there is no point harping on about the ground - when they get to a certain age they have to take on the winter horses.

"Davy said that was hard to assess there against lesser opposition. On soft ground we wouldn't step him up in trip.

"He is in the Paddy Power at Cheltenham off 11st 2lb and we'll have a look at that and see what happens. We'll also look at all those two-mile races for him.

"It's nice to get him off the mark and hopefully he'll be 100 per cent afterwards. He had a nice school around there."


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