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Gold sizing up future targets

Henry de Bromhead expects Saturday's Woodlands Park 100 Club Novice Chase at Naas to provide clues as to Sizing Gold's targets this season.

The Grade Two will involve a step up to three miles for Alan Potts' lightly-raced seven-year-old, who made a successful start in a minor event at Navan over a shorter trip last month.

Sizing Gold was not given too stressful a time over hurdles, although he was a respectable second to Pont Alexandre at Leopardstown a year ago.

"He ran well in Navan and we're looking forward to stepping him up to three miles and seeing how he goes," said the trainer.

"You can think a horse will stay three miles, but you never really know until you try it out, so this race will tell us a bit more about what direction we're going with him.

"It looks a hot race, but hopefully he'll run well."

It is only a small field but it includes Rogue Angel, who won under Davy Russell at Punchestown on New Year's Eve - the afternoon where he was informed he would no longer be number one jockey for Gigginstown House Stud.

His successor Bryan Cooper has been booked instead while Gigginstown have also declared Ipsos Du Berlais, who has only been able to strike overr fences at Downpatrick so far but was not beaten far when third in the Paddy Power at Leopardstown over Christmas.

Foxrock, third to Carlingford Lough in a Grade One at the same meeting, represents Ted Walsh.