Irish horse racing tips – Monday Naas best bets on the flat

Monday Naas best bets on the flat.Monday Naas best bets on the flat.

Monday Naas best bets and tips

One meeting heads to post in Ireland with action on the flat; we’ve looked over the day’s racecard where we pick out our Monday Naas best bets and tips.

While a busy afternoon of horse racing action takes place on Monday across the UK there is just one meeting taking place in Ireland with racing on the flat from Naas.

Some good sorts will be in action with Classic aspirations on the line and eight races will unfold at the County Kildare venue which includes Listed racing action; we’ve looked through the afternoon’s racecard to pick out our Monday Naas best bets and tips.


1:55 Naas – Naas Racecourse Business Club Handicap (3yo+) 6f

COILL AVON was progressive last term, bettering his finish position each time and getting off the mark at the third attempt when successful at the Curragh over St Mark’s Basilica at the Curragh.

Heavy ground when upped to Group Three company for the Round Tower Stakes was likely a factor in his defeat nehind New Treasure but the Kingman gelding can bounce back returning to a quicker surface on his reappearance.

The form of his breakthrough win has been boosted with the runner-up winning twice since including a Group One success and he could prove well-treated making his handicap debut off 89. He faces a less exacting assignment this time around and he can make his presence felt assuming trainer Ger Lyons has him fully wound up.

2:25 Naas – Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital Woodlands Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo+) 5f

MAKE A CHALLENGE developed into a very smart sprinter last term, winning four times at Listed level and acquitting himself well in defeat when tried in Group One company at the Curragh and Longchamp.

The Invincible Spirit gelding may have been feeling the effects of his season when only fourth on his final outing of the campaign at the Curragh in October and he likely needed his reappearance at Cork earlier this month where he finished third behind reopposing Laugh A Minute.

Denis Hogan’s charge could however get back on the scoresheet here given he’s likely to strip fitter for his return and so should improve; while the drop to the minimum trip could prove a good move and he won his only previous start over this course and distance.

Indeed he’s won four of his starts over this trip and the return of cheekpieces might further enhance his winning claims. He has a 3lbs pull at the weights with his last-time conquerer on this occasion and he can come out on top here if building on his return.

Monday Naas best bets on the flat. Make A Challenge can get back to winning ways.

Monday Naas best bets on the flat. Make A Challenge can get back to winning ways.

2:55 Naas – Blackwater Handicap (3yo) 1m

HMS SEAHORSE stepped up on previous efforts to find only a decent rival too strong at Leopardstown earlier in the month and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can step up again to open his account.

The Galileo colt travelled like the winner in that contest only to be outbattled by O’Reilly, going down by a half-length and there could be more to come from him as he switches now to handicapping.

That rival did little harm to the form last Friday, while the third has won since and this rating on his handicap debut looks fair so he could be capable of exploiting his opening mark with further improvement anticipated.

5:10 Naas – Naas Nursery Of Champions (C & G) Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (3yo) 1m2f

MOKTAFFY has bettered his finishing position with every start and the Lope De Vega gelding can get off the mark now.

Dermot Weld’s charge twice finished in the frame last term, finishing a creditable fourth to Bolsho Ballet at Leopardstown in October and he stepped up on that run to finish just a half-length runner-up at Dundalk last month behind Sir Lamorak.

That form has been boosted by the winner going in again since while the sixth horse home has also won; there’s also been several placed efforts from other runners in that field and ther ecould be more to come fro the three-year old who can improve.

He likely does need to find a bit more, but the booking of Colin Keane is a big plus and with improvement anticipated he could continue his race-by-race progress and open his account at the fourth attempt.