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ITV Racing tips Saturday 9 February - Live TV tips for Saturday's fixture at Naas

The ITV Racing team head to Ireland and Naas for Saturday's live TV racing.

Brian Healy gives his live TV tips and through-the-card selections for Saturday's televised fixture at Naas.

With the equine flu continuing, and with no UK horse racing action to speak of until at least Wednesday 13th February, it remains business as usual across the Irish Sea and Naas’ Saturday racecard is unaffected.

Eight races in total will head to post on Saturday at the County Kildare track which includes the Listed Opera Hat Mares’ Chase, and the ITV Cameras head to the Emerald Isle to cover six races live from the Irish track, starting with the 1.10pm race and continuing through to their final live race at 3.40pm.

12:40 - Connolly's RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 2m3f
1:10 - Cavan Developments Maiden Hurdle (Div I) (5yo+) 2m
1:40 - Cavan Developments Maiden Hurdle (Div II) (5yo+) 2m
2:10 - BBA Ireland Limited Opera Hat Mares Chase (Listed Race) (5yo+) 2m 
2:40 - EMS Copiers Rated Novice Hurdle (4yo) 2m ITV4
3:10 - O'Driscoll O'Neil Handicap Chase (5yo+ 0-130) 2m4f
3:40 - Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m
4:10 - Jordan's Centra (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race (4yo) 2m

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again to bring their expert tips, insights and post-race analysis to Saturday’s live TV racing action, and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for all eight races on the card.

SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY NAP SELECTION




12:40 - Connolly's RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 2m3f


CITY ISLAND (4/11, BetVictor) looks hard to oppose despite conceding weight all round here, and Martin Brassil’s charge can strike again to add to his tally.

The Court Cave gelding was a Punchestown bumper winner back in May last year on just his second start, and he is technically 2-2 over hurdles with defeats of the useful pair Getareason at Galway - although subsequently disqualified - and Dallas Des Pictons at Leopardstown last Boxing Day.

That latter form especially has been boosted when that one struck back at Leopardstown during last weekend’s Dublin Racing Festival, and while he has to give 7lbs and more to this field of rivals, he can continue with his progress to win again and no surprise if he proves a tough nut to crack once more.

1:10 - Cavan Developments Maiden Hurdle (Div I) (5yo+) 2m


SKY MARSHAL (11/4, BetVictor) was fair on the flat for Ed Walker, winning three times on the all-weather for that handler prior to switching to Charles Byrnes and hurdling; the Lawman gelding didn’t do too badly on his first attempt over timber when finishing eighth to Fakir D’oudairies at Cork last month.

He improved markedly for that experience when finding only Authorizo too strong at Fairyhouse latest, beaten around six lengths having arguably being given too much to do; while a mistake at the second-last hurdle wouldn’t have aided his cause either.

That run could represent some useful form, and he showed enough to suggest that he could have more to come given the way he finished off that race.

Davy Russell takes over in the saddle now, and with the potential to find further improvement he gets the vote to go one better here.


Davy Russell can get amongst the winners at Naas on Saturday.


1:40 - Cavan Developments Maiden Hurdle (Div II) (5yo+) 2m


FAUGUERNON (9/2, BetVictor) was a Listed winner on the flat in France prior to joining up with Noel Meade, and the Martaline gelding can get off the scoresheet at the second attempt over timber following an encouraging debut effort at Fairyhouse last month.

Fifth on that occasion, finishing some twenty lengths behind Authorizo having jumped poorly early, he made some eye-catching headway into the race before weakening into fifth. That was his first run in 520 days however, and he is entitled to have needed that return to action.

He is sure to strip fitter as a consequence, and assuming that this run doesn’t come too soon two weeks on then he can find improvement for the experience to do better in this sphere; while his flat form in France suggests he could have plenty of scope so it would be no surprise to see him going close here.

2:10 - BBA Ireland Limited Opera Hat Mares Chase (Listed Race) (5yo+) 2m 


PRAVALAGUNA (4/7, BetVictor) was useful over hurdles, scoring twice and contesting in some strong company; Willie Mullins’ charge however looks set to make into an even better chaser judging on her impressive latest success on only her second outing over the larger obstacles.

The Great Pretender mare had shaped well on her chase debut at Killarney last May where she finished a close fourth to Le Martalin; but she stepped up on that effort back from eight months off to run out an easy eight lengths’ winner over Moyhenna at Limerick over the Christmas period.

She looked to have the measure of her main rival, Creation, when that one crashed out at the last fence; but likely to have further improvement to come she can make the most of the weight she receives from this field of rivals with the drop back in trip unlikely to present an issue.

2:40 - EMS Copiers Rated Novice Hurdle (4yo) 2m ITV4


BAND OF OUTLAWS (3/1, BetVictor) is a three-time flat winner, and the Fast Company gelding wasted little time in getting off the mark over timber, scoring at the second attempt when gaining a narrow verdict over Future Proof at Limerick on Boxing Day.

Joseph O’Brien’s charge had been thwarted only by one length previously when finishing third at Cork, and he appeared to win a shade readily latest having come with a strong late run to get up near the line. 

That form took a boost when the fourth horse home subsequently finished runner-up in a Grade Two at Cheltenham last month, and there could be even better to come from the youngster where he can reverse earlier form with the reopposing Maze runner who beat him previously at Cork.


Joseph O'Brien can saddle a winner on Saturday at Naas.


3:10 - O'Driscoll O'Neil Handicap Chase (5yo+ 0-130) 2m4f


PECULIAR GENIUS (8/1, BetVictor) could be worth chancing in an open race where consistency isn’t perhaps the strongest suit amongst the assembled runners. Paul Nolan’s charge however, has some decent form to his name from recent outings, and he ought to go close back over fences here.

The Jeremy gelding seems to go best at Tramore, where he has won both over hurdles and fences, scoring over the latter last January when beating Blue Empyrean by a half-length. He has had just a few starts since, and in all three starts since returning from nine months off the track he has made the frame.

His latest outing saw him finish four lengths’ third behind Secret Cargo at Tramore over hurdles; but returned to the larger obstacles, he can continue his recent spell of solid form to get back on the scoresheet.

3:40 - Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m


THEREISNODOUBT (13/2, BetVictor) produced a career-best effort to get off the mark over hurdles at Clonmel last month, scoring by nine lengths from Camile, and Shane Crawley’s charge could follow up here.

The Primary gelding had shown some fair form previously for Andrew Leahy, making the frame in starts at Limerick and here, but latter outings were disappointing and he ended his time with that handler on a low note when beating only three home at Listowel.

A faller on his first start for this yard when still travelling well, he stepped up to run out a ready winner over a next-time scorer. The handicapper has reacted with a potentially harsh 11lbs hike up the ratings, but a repeat of that latest outing should put him firmly in the mix and he could go well in his bid to follow up. 


4:10 - Jordan's Centra (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race (4yo) 2m


FRONT VIEW (5/4, BetVictor) found only one too good on his debut at Gowran Park last month, but the Konig Turf gelding can put that experience to good use and go one place better here.

Joseph O’Brien’s youngster bumped into a potentially smart rival in Blue Sari that day, proving no match for the winner as he trailed home some eleven lengths adrift of the winner; but he was clear of the rest and the experience should have done him the world of good.

Likely to improve on the back of that outing, he should have more to offer and no surprise if he were to go one better here for his in-form yard.

SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY HORSE RACING TIPS - NAAS 


12:40 - CITY ISLAND (4/11, BetVictor)

1:10 - SKY MARSHAL (11/4, BetVictor)

1:40 - FAUGUERNON (9/2, BetVictor)

2:10 - PRAVALAGUNA (4/7, BetVictor)

2:40 - BAND OF OUTLAWS (3/1, BetVictor)

3:10 - PECULIAR GENIUS (8/1, BetVictor)

3:40 - THEREISNODOUBT (13/2, BetVictor)

4:10 - FRONT VIEW (5/4, BetVictor


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ITV Racing tips Saturday 9 February - Live TV tips for Saturday's fixture at Naas

Brian Healy gives his live TV tips and through-the-card selections for Saturday's televised fixture at Naas.

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