Monday tips for Naas – Irish horse racing tips on 14 December
With just one Irish horse racing fixture heading to post we pick out our Monday tips for Naas’ racecard.
While four meetings head to post across the UK on Monday to kickstart a new week of racing action there is just one meeting taking place in Ireland and we’ve looked over the card to pick out our best bets and Monday tips for Naas’ seven-race card as we hunt more winners following a treble on Saturday.
IRISH HORSE RACING TIPS – MONDAY TIPS FOR NAAS
12:55 Naas – Happy Christmas From Naas Mares Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m
CASTRA VETERA makes her hurdling debut here but the Jeremy mare has looked potentially smart in bumpers and there could be better to come from Joseph O’Brien’s charge.
Her record in bumpers stands 3-4 which include a Listed contest at Navan on her reappearance last month where she ran out a comfortable four lengths’ victor over Party Central. She had also won here on her final outing last term and that form has been franked since with the runner-up winning two of her next three starts.
She may not get things her own way with a well-regarded Willie Mullins hurdling debutante in opposition, but given the impression she has left in bumpers then she looks worth chancing to a winning switch to obstacles under Rachael Blackmore.
1:25 Naas – Support Local This Christmas Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m3f
CHRISTMAS JUMPER has hinted at ability over hurdles despite failing to trouble the judge in a pair of outings at Cork and Navan respectively.
Those runs came in maiden company but Edward Hardy’s charge could take a forward step now stepping up in distance which could unlock some improvement in the Leading Light gelding in a fairly weak contest.
He likely wouldn’t need to improve too much to take a hand in this race and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see a better effort with the longer trip likely to prove a positive.
2:00 Naas – Lawlor’s Of Naas Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 2m3f
LAUGHING TRIX posted a career-best to get off the mark for the first time since her point-to-point days when scoring at Downpatrick in October, beating Ruler Of Dubai by a half-length and the Court Cave mare subsequently didn’t disgrace herself under a penalty just three days later at Kilbeggan when finishing fourth.
That run probably came too soon for Dermot McLaughlin’s charge and she’s been given plenty of time since to recover from those exertions so she might be able to bounce back to winning ways here where she can race from the same mark in a trappy contest.
This is a significant drop back in trip which perhaps isn’t entirely ideal given her win came over a longer trip; but the likely emphasis on stamina here could offset the lesser yardage and no surprise if she were to make her presence felt.
2:30 Naas – Ballymore Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m3f
LORD ROYAL likely would have won on his chase debut at Thurles last month but for falling two out when in front and Willie Mullins’ charge can gain compensation here.
The lightly-raced Lord Du Sud gelding was a winner over hurdles on his debut for this yard, scoring at Clonmel with a wide-margin victory over Farmix after which he found only one too good when stepped into a Grade Three contest.
He had largely impressed with his jumping on his chase debut until crashing out of the contest where he’d have gone close and if none the worse for his spill then every chance he can put that mishap behind him to land the spoils here.