Tips for Naas on Monday – Picks for the start of the flat in Ireland
Brian Healy looks over the Monday horse racing action in Ireland and gives his tips for Naas as the Irish flat racing season gets underway.
Monday sees the start of the Irish flat racing season where a seven-race card goes to post at Naas. The Group Three Park Express Stakes takes centre stage of the day at the County Kildare track.
IRISH RACING FIXTURES TODAY (23 March)
Naas (flat) – 2.00 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Brian Healy looks over Monday’s sole horse racing fixture in Ireland and gives his Irish racing tips for Naas through the card.
IRISH RACING TIPS FOR NAAS
2:00 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (2yo) 5f
All of these are making their debut so Aidan O’Brien’s LIPIZZANER here looks worth chancing given the yard’s ability to ready a newcomer and the Uncle Mo colt can get off the mark.
He cost plenty as a yearling and has an appealing pedigree for his top yard so it wouldn’t’ come as a surprise if he were to make a winning debut and get the Ballydoyle yard off to a flyer in the new Irish flat racing campaign.
2:30 – Naas Nursery Of Champions Maiden (3yo+) 6f
Aidan O’Brien’s runner Knight Of Malta sets the standard and can improve; but ESHTIYA could be worth siding with on her racecourse debut for Dermot Weld and the Dark Anel filly can make a winning introduction.
Her top yard knows how to ready a debutant and she hails from the same family as the stable’s smart Eziyra being a half-sister to that Group Two winner.
An entry in the Irish 1000 Guineas suggests she is well thought of at home and she could strike at the first attempt where she looks the pick of the newcomers.
3:00 – Naas Racecourse Launches The 2020 Irish Flat Season Handicap (3yo+) 6f
ARCANEARS could be worth chancing to carry on his recent good spell on the all-weather back on turf and Mick Halford’s charge can go close.
The Arcano gelding failed to score on turf last term, but he won twice on the Dundalk polytrack over the winter months and arrives fresh from a couple of months off following a defeat of Tommy Taylor at that venue over this trip when last seen.
He won a shade cosily there and a subsequent winner has come out of that contest since. He has a higher rating to contend with back on turf, but he’s claimer-ridden here which will help and he handles these conditions so a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise returning from his short break.
3:30 – Naas Racecourse Business Club Madrid Handicap (3yo) 7f
HONG KONG is certainly bred to be better than his current mark and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can improve for his time off to make a winning reappearance.
The American Pharoah colt showed he had plenty of ability last term, winning at this venue in October over six furlongs before running better than the bare result when last seen in the Group Three Horris Hill Stakes at Newmarket behind Kenzal Warrior over this trip.
He could prove the type to improve as a three-year old and now tried in a handicap on his return he might well make a mockery of his mark of 88 in what looks a relatively ordinary affair.
4:00 – Devoy Stakes (Listed) (4yo+) 1m2f
SIR DRAGONET looked top-class last term in winning at Tipperary prior to bolting up at Chester in the Group Three Chester Vase. The Camelot colt then was far from disgraced in finishing less than a length fifth behind Anthony Van Dyck in the Epsom Derby.
This shorter trip seemed to be too sharp for him when turned out next time in the Royal Whip Stakes at The Curragh following a break and he possibly failed to stay in the St Leger when last seen finishing fourth again behind Logician.
The marked drop in trip back to ten furlongs for his reappearance is a slight concern, but he is still relatively unexposed and sets the standard on form from last season’s exploits. He could prove a class apart from this field of rivals if returning somewhere near his best and likely to prove a tough nut to crack despite the shorter trip he’ll likely take plenty of beating.
4:30 – Lodge Park Stud Irish EBF Park Express Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 1m
KISS FOR A JEWEL might have failed to stay the longer trip when disappointing in the Listed Bluebell Stakes back in October; but the Kingman filly had won her two previous starts at Tipperary and Fairyhouse at up to ten furlongs and she can bounce back here.
Dermot Weld’s charge ran well on her seasonal debut over course and distance last May, finding only Kaftan too good. She then continued to run well in defeat prior to getting off the mark in August when equipped with cheekpieces.
Her subsequent Fairyhouse win came over a longer trip than this but crucially was in soft ground so these conditions ought not to hold any fears and the lesser distance on her reappearance is fine so every chance she can bounce back with a big performance thrust into a Group Three contest.
5:00 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (3yo) 1m
LOUGH CUTRA offered plenty to work on when finding only one too good on his debut back in October. That first run came over seven furlongs where he was beaten only a half-length behind Ten Year Ticket.
Ger Lyons’ Oasis Dream colt hails from a very good family and he showed softer conditions were no issue in that debut. He was perhaps just undone late on by a lack of experience towards the finish and can do better.
That form looks fair and he could improve on the back of that experience now making his return to action and he’ll have learned from the run.
The step up in trip could unlock further progress given his breeding and he looks sure to give a good account in this contest for his shrewd yard where he can go one better.