Wednesday tips for Naas – Today’s Irish racing best bets
Wednesday Irish racing tips on 13 January
We have more racing in Ireland to look forward to on Wednesday over the sticks and we’ve looked over the day’s card to pick out our tips for Naas and best bets at the fixture.
More Irish horse racing action goes to post on Wednesday with the rearranged fixture at Naas that was due to take place on Sunday featuring the Grade One Lawlor Of Naas Hurdle.
Seven races in all will head to post on the day with Wednesday’s Irish horse racing action kicking off from 12.50pm and we’ve picked out our tips for Naas and best bets on the card.
WEDNESDAY IRISH HORSE RACING – TIPS FOR NAAS’ RACECARD ON 13 JANUARY
1:20 Naas – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase (5yo+) 2m
Despite being overlooked by Paul Townend it might be worthwhile giving another chance to BLACKBOW who fell early in a Grade One at Leopardstown over the Christmas period, but if he’s none the worse for that mishap then he could bounce back.
High-class in bumpers where he won a Grade Two contest and finishined fifth in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival he failed to win in four starts over hurdles but he did make the frame in three of those efforts which included at this venue.
Willie Mullins’ Stowaway gelding made a winning transition to the larger obstacles when scoring on his debut over fences at Navan in December, beating Entoucas by four lengths readily although he crashed out at the third when last seen and he is given another chance. Assuming that mishap hasn’t left a mark then he could go close here.
1:50 Naas – Eastcoast Seafood & Gouldings Hardware Handicap Chase (5yo+) 2m
One of three in the race to sport the Gigginstown colours it could be worth siding with EPSON DU HOUX to come out on top having won when last seen at Clonmel in December.
Henry de Bromhead’s charge was having just his second start over fences when running out an eight lengths’ victor over Whereyounow and the Diamond Boy gelding can build on that performance having also run well until falling behind Andy Dufresne at Wexford on his chase debut.
He had also won over hurdles at Clonmel previously and there’s likely to be better to come from him as he gains further experience, while the switch to the handicap ranks could see him go close from a 125 mark given his potential for better.
2:20 Naas – Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) (5yo+) 2m4f
Plenty of chances in this Grade One contest and it might pay to side with ASHDALE BOB who is chasing a hat-trick of wins and the Shantou gelding can make his presence felt in pursuit of the three-timer.
Jessica Harrington’s charge has progressed well over hurdles this term, returning from more than ten months off the track to beat Wide Receiver at Navan in November and then returning to that venue to readily see off Fakiera by six lengths in a Grade Two contest where reopposing Gabynako was back in third.
Both the runner-up and third from his breakthrough success have won since and while he probably needs to improve again it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him do so and he can go close here.