May 19 / 16.30 Naas

16.30

Good To Yielding

Royal Ascot Trials At Naas Handicap

  • Prize money: £11286.96
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • 10 runners
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Royal Ascot Trials At Naas Handicap

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.30
  • Place: £2.70

Form: 31-36 CD

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Won a C&D maiden last October on soft-to-heavy; made a respectable seasonal debut in a conditions event at this venue; highly tried in Group 3 contest at Leopardstown six weeks ago; has been gelded and now makes handicap debut.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

(18)

22nd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

16:25 Ascot

Chicago Critic

9st 3lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

Looked much improved after gelding operation when winning handicap at Naas (1m, good; led late on) five weeks ago; may progress a bit further but this is a much tougher task and dropping back to 7f is not sure to suit.

66/1

1st

4

(7)

19th May 2024

Good To Yielding

1m 0f 0y

16:30 Naas

Chicago Critic

9st 9lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

dwelt start, towards rear, headway up the centre over 1f out, went fourth inside final furlong, ridden and ran on well to lead towards finish

8/1

1st

4

(7)

19th May 2024

Good To Yielding

1m 0f 0y

16:30 Naas

Chicago Critic

9st 9lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

dwelt start, towards rear, headway up the centre over 1f out, went fourth inside final furlong, ridden and ran on well to lead towards finish

8/1

6/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 6-1 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Made debut at the Curragh last October and showed promise when sixth of 17 over 7f; gelded and hood fitted, won well on reappearance in 1m Cork maiden; ground was testing then, but better going should not be a problem.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

4

(3)

30th Jun 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

13:10 Curragh

Sharinay

9st 9lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: M Halford & T Collins

took keen hold, led, raced in second after 1f, lost second but prominent from 6f out, bit short of room going okay on inner over 2f out, went second when in the clear and switched left over 1f out, soon ridden, led and ran on inside final furlong

5/2

2nd

1

(1)

19th May 2024

Good To Yielding

1m 0f 0y

16:30 Naas

Sharinay

9st 12lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: M Halford & T Collins

soon led against far rail, ridden clear inside final furlong, kept on but headed towards finish

6/1

2nd

1

(1)

19th May 2024

Good To Yielding

1m 0f 0y

16:30 Naas

Sharinay

9st 12lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: M Halford & T Collins

soon led against far rail, ridden clear inside final furlong, kept on but headed towards finish

6/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 26-16

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Debut promise last summer at Gowran, then flopped on heavy at Galway; absent until landing odds in Dundalk maiden early last month, having to battle over 7f; failed to find much after a prominent run in a C&D handicap last time; probably capable of better on good ground.
Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

11th

12

(11)

11th Jul 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

19:25 Leopardstown

Air Commander

8st 13lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: A P O’Brien

Beat dual subsequent winner Apricot Ice in a Dundalk maiden in April; ran no race at Ascot but his previous two runs suggest that he might need to be dropped in the handicap a little; visor retained.

10/1

29th

22

(2)

20th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:05 Ascot

Air Commander

8st 11lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Aidan O'Brien's previous Britannia winner had been running in Group races whereas this colt has won only an AW maiden and been beaten in two handicaps (1m on yielding and good); this looks no masterplan and he needs help from the new headgear.

10/1

3rd

2

(3)

19th May 2024

Good To Yielding

1m 0f 0y

16:30 Naas

Air Commander

9st 10lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

prominent, soon went second, no extra and lost second inside final 110yds

9/2

Form: 2176-5

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Got off the mark in a 7f Listowel maiden on his fourth star; not equal to the task in a Newmarket Group 3 and then too keen in Dundalk nursery on final juvenile start; unplaced along with the shorter-priced Air Commander over C&D on seasonal debut.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

7

(10)

19th May 2024

Good To Yielding

1m 0f 0y

16:30 Naas

Starliner

9st 3lb

J: Gavin Ryan

T: Donnacha Aidan O’Brien

prominent throughout, pressed leaders under 2f out, no extra final 110yds

10/1

4th

7

(10)

19th May 2024

Good To Yielding

1m 0f 0y

16:30 Naas

Starliner

9st 3lb

J: Gavin Ryan

T: Donnacha Aidan O’Brien

prominent throughout, pressed leaders under 2f out, no extra final 110yds

10/1

5th

5

(9)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 0f 0y

19:20 Naas

Starliner

9st 4lb

J: Gavin Ryan

T: Donnacha Aidan O’Brien

Got off the mark in Listowel maiden on soft but was poor in a Newmarket Group 3 afterwards and too keen in Dundalk nursery albeit not beaten far; bit to prove.

12/1

Form: 351- D

Last run: 205 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Backed up promising Leopardstown debut third with better form in finishing fifth of 23 in 7f Goffs Million, staying on well at the finish; still looked a bit raw when winning a Dundalk maiden in October but should make a useful colt this season.
Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

5

(1)

30th Jun 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

13:10 Curragh

Soldiers Empire

9st 4lb

J: Colin Keane

T: G M Lyons

AW winner is 0-4 on turf, not clear run when behind Sharinay on Naas comeback run last month and didn't seem to quite get home over extended 1m1f in Gowran conditions event; stamina remains a possible issue here.

9/2

3rd

4

(15)

3rd Jun 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 1f 100y

15:35 Gowran Park

Soldiers Empire

9st 4lb

J: Colin Keane

T: G M Lyons

in touch with leaders, prominent over 4f out, challenging on near side of group 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, no match for first two

10/1

5th

5

(4)

19th May 2024

Good To Yielding

1m 0f 0y

16:30 Naas

Soldiers Empire

9st 9lb

J: Colin Keane

T: G M Lyons

in touch with leaders, kept on towards far side inside final furlong, not reach leaders

4/1

6th
12 (6)
Neo Smart

10/1

Form: 871-93

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 9lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Dundalk maiden winner last winter; well beaten on return in the 7f Madrid Handicap at this venue; better at the Curragh 13 days ago, but this looks more competitive.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

11

(4)

13th Jun 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

20:00 Leopardstown

Neo Smart

8st 13lb

J: Rory Cleary

T: J S Bolger

prominent, outpaced under 2f out, weakened final furlong

16/1

9th

13

(5)

25th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

16:50 Curragh

Neo Smart

8st 8lb

J: Rory Cleary

T: J S Bolger

Dundalk maiden winner has run well in defeat the last twice, including over C&D on soft two starts ago; similar effort at Naas over 1m since; needs to find more; tongue-tie added.

22/1

9th

13

(5)

25th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

16:50 Curragh

Neo Smart

8st 8lb

J: Rory Cleary

T: J S Bolger

Dundalk maiden winner has run well in defeat the last twice, including over C&D on soft two starts ago; similar effort at Naas over 1m since; needs to find more; tongue-tie added.

22/1

Form: 316-

Last run: 281 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Got within a length of Chesham winner Snellen when third on debut at Limerick before beating subsequent Listed scorer Megarry in a 7f Roscommon maiden last July; was taking on strong opposition in a conditions event at the Curragh on her only other start; could be well enough handicapped,
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

16

(14)

20th Jul 2024

Good

0m 6f 63y

14:35 Curragh

Profit Refused

8st 8lb

J: Rory Cleary

T: Kevin Prendergast

in touch with leaders, prominent under 2f out, briefly went third inside final furlong, no extra towards finish

16/1

3rd

16

(1)

30th Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

17:15 Curragh

Profit Refused

8st 7lb

J: Rory Cleary

T: Kevin Prendergast

prominent, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and lost second when weakened towards finish

25/1

8th

6

(7)

26th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

14:00 Curragh

Profit Refused

9st 2lb

J: Rory Cleary

T: Kevin Prendergast

Fairly consistent in her four starts so far that includes a Roscommon maiden success but she was beaten 5l on handicap debut last time and her mark remains on the high side.

20/1

Form: 8212-

Last run: 151 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Stepped up from debut when second to the long odds-on Stromberg at Roscommon last September; won an ordinary 7f maiden at Dundalk the following month, despite still looking raw; form of his Dundalk second in December has been advertised by fifth-placed Bergamasco; gelded since.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

6

(4)

22nd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 4f 175y

15:55 Down Royal

Barnso

8st 13lb

J: Wesley Joyce

T: Miss Natalia Lupini

in touch with leaders, reminders over 5f out

7/1

1st

3

(9)

30th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 0y

18:00 Fairyhouse

Barnso

9st 11lb

J: W J Lee

T: Miss Natalia Lupini

towards rear but in touch with leaders, headway when not clear run repeatedly from over 2f out, switched left when in the clear and challenging over 1f out, ridden to lead on near side of group inside final furlong, pushed out

10/1

Form: 745-8

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 77

Form & Verdict
Finished behind Starliner and Air Commander on handicap debut; open to improvement but in-form trainer appears to have a stronger candidate in Raknah.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

1

(6)

13th Jul 2024

Good

1m 2f 40y

16:10 Navan

Going Remote

9st 10lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

Progressive handicapper since upped in trip, twice runner-up in 1m2f contests before off the mark over 1m5f at Down Royal last month in Ulster Harp Derby, winning going away; good ground suits; needs to step up again here.

8/1

1st

9

(6)

22nd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 4f 175y

15:55 Down Royal

Going Remote

8st 7lb

J: Nathan Crosse

T: Mrs John Harrington

dwelt start, held up in last

11/2

2nd

7

(3)

8th Jun 2024

Good

1m 2f 40y

16:05 Navan

Going Remote

8st 13lb

J: Nathan Crosse

T: Mrs John Harrington

Much improved for stepping up to this trip on third handicap start when beaten only half a length, despite starting slowly, at Fairyhouse; 4lb higher and back up in grade too but certainly not out of it.

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 23-210

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Improved from his return in a 7f handicap at this venue to win over 5f at the Curragh; can be forgiven his run at Listed level just over three weeks ago; seems best on soft and heavy, and is not guaranteed to stay 1m as well as some of these rivals.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

10th

3

(9)

19th May 2024

Good To Yielding

1m 0f 0y

16:30 Naas

Bid For Chester

9st 10lb

J: Wesley Joyce

T: Michael Mulvany

towards rear throughout

10/1

10th

3

(9)

19th May 2024

Good To Yielding

1m 0f 0y

16:30 Naas

Bid For Chester

9st 10lb

J: Wesley Joyce

T: Michael Mulvany

towards rear throughout

10/1

Non-runners

Raknah, Uncle Albert

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta €40.10
Straight Forecast €31.40
Tricast €90.85
Trifecta €193.80

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Profit Refused

The Irish Sun:

Sharinay

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Barnso

POSTDATA:

Air Commander

TOPSPEED:

Profit Refused