Sunday Naas tips – Irish horse racing best bets 23 August

We pick out our Sunday Naas tips for the day’s sole Irish racecard.

There’s only one meeting going to post in Ireland on Sunday with a fixture at Naas. There is Listed and Group Three action on the card as well as a competitive handicap contest and the best of the day’s racing in Ireland will feature on Sunday’s ITV Racing broadcast.

We’ve taken a look through the day’s racecard and pick out our Sunday Naas tips as we go in search of more winners.


1:50 Naas – Owenstown Stud Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo+) 7f

This is a competitive contest and the eye is drawn to Archie Watson’s THE PERFECT CROWN who is 2-3 in his short career and bolted up when last seen earlier in the month at Lingfield in the manner of a very smart prospect.

The Hallowed Crown colt had finished third in a Listed contest over the same course back in February behind Malotru who has done well in Group company since and his latest success saw him score by around seven lengths impressively.

He has to prove effectiveness on turf now switching surface but he’s going the right way and can take this rise in class in her stride. Sure to improve she looks worth siding with in this contest where she can strike again for her shrewd trainer.

2:50 Naas – Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes (Median Auction Race) (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 6f

It could be significant that Tom Dascombe sends DEVIOUS COMPANY here so soon after his York exertions just three days ago and the Fast Company colt could be worth chancing assuming those exertions haven’t left a mark.

A winner of his first two career starts earlier in the campaign he has since finished runner-up in each of his next three which includes twice in Group Two company. The latest of those came three days ago in the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes where the drop to six furlongs might just have caught him out and he can do better here with the more testing conditions likely to bring his stamina into play.

His earlier second to Battleground at Glorious Goodwood is perhaps the best form on offer and if coping with the quick turnaround then he can get back to winning ways here.

Devious Company can land our Sunday Naas tips for Tom Dascombe.

Devious Company can land our Sunday Naas tips for Tom Dascombe.

3:20 Naas – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Stanerra Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) (3yo+) 1m6f

Kastasa goes from strength to strength and was a ready winner on her reappearance to stretch her sequence to five; but she might just find the 10lbs concession to ENNISTYMON too much and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can get back to winning ways here.

Three-year olds have a good recent record in this race and the Galileo filly has been set some stiff tasks this campaign following her breakthrough success on her seasonal debut at Leopardstown. She’s since taken in both the Ribblesdale Stakes and the Epsom Oaks prior to disappointing in the Irish Oaks where she was possibly amiss.

She bounced back with a much better effort in the recent Listed Harry Hurriet Stakes where only Laburnum proved too strong. However there is an impression she found that trip too sharp and she can do better again faced with a much stiffer test.

Her Group One efforts earlier in the campaign give her solid claims here where she gets weight from Dermot Weld’s prolific winner and although she tries this trip for the first time she has looked a strong stayer and could improve for the extra yardage.

If she’s back to her best then there’s no reason why she can’t go close here and she can make her presence felt.

4:30 Naas – Weatherbys GSB Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo) 6f

LUSTOWN BABA was just behind the reopposing Nullifier when the pair clashed over this course and distance earlier in the campaign, but Bill McCreery’s charge can reverse those places now on better terms.

The Alhebayeb filly won twice last term including here over seven furlongs as well as at this yardage at Cork. She may have needed her reappearance following lockdown when finishing down the field at Leopardstown, but her latest effort was a much better performance where she conceded first run to Ger Lyons’ runner but was beaten less than one length.

She was giving that rival 1lb at the weights but is now 4lbs better off at the weights which can see her turn the tables now.