Amazour drifted like the proverbial barge on Thursday night and ran accordingly. He was slow from the gates and was always well behind. His previous run was full of promise though and he could bounce back sooner rather than later. Saturday’s live racing action comes from Ireland due to the Equine Flu outbreak. Dave Stevos has studied the card and you can check out his free Naas Saturday tips for all five live ITV4 races below.
Naas Saturday Tips: 1.40 Maiden Hurdle (5yo+)
Due to the equine flu crisis, the ITV4 cameras make a rare appearance in Ireland on Saturday. Naas is the venue for a decent card of action and the first live race is a 25 runner 16f maiden hurdle. Storm Erik hit Ireland on Friday so the going should ease. It would be no surprise to see soft in the ground description for the opening race. One horse that won’t mind a bit of cut in the ground is All For Joy.
Oliver McKiernan has his string in super shape at the minute and this 7yo has some strong bumper form. He was only a head behind Lone Wolf two starts back (18f soft) and he ran well in a Grade 1 last time. All For Joy will benefit from Barry Browne’s 5lb claim and he is a more than capable pilot. He is a worthy favourite at odds of 11/4 and he can win this before going on to bigger and better things.
NAAS SATURDAY TIPS: ALL FOR JOY WIN @ 11/4 NAP
Naas Saturday Tips: 2.10 Opera Hat Mares’ Chase (Listed)
The feature race of the day at Naas is the Listed Opera Hat Chase. For mares only, this 16f contest has attracted a field of 7 and Pravalaguna is a short price to follow up her impressive Limerick win (19f sft). Her best form by far is over 20f, so the drop in trip has to be a worry. She is undoubtedly the class act of the field though and she was best of these over timber.
Baie Des Iles is another one that surely wants further than 16f. However, at least she will be suited by soft ground if the rain arrives. The same could be said for Synopsis and Teacher’s Pet. Mrs Lovett would prefer it to stay dry and is probably better over further too. This could turn out to be a fascinating race from a tactical viewpoint. However, from a betting perspective it makes no appeal whatsoever. No bet, just sit back, watch and enjoy.
NAAS SATURDAY TIPS: NO BET
Naas Saturday Tips: 2.40 Rated Novice Hurdle (4yo)
This is another 16f contest, this time for 4yo Novice hurdlers that are rated 130 or less. All the big Irish yards are represented; Joseph O’Brien (2), Gordon Elliott (2), Willie Mullins (1) and Henry De Bromhead (1). On form, the one that looks a huge price is Havingagoodtime. This daughter of Mount Nelson was, to put it bluntly, a donkey on the flat. However, the switch to hurdling has worked wonders and her Fairyhouse win was very impressive.
She had Bachelor 4.5L back in 2nd and he was in the process of running a huge race when coming down at the last on his next outing at Leopardstown. He had every chance against Sir Erec and Tiger Tap Tap, so Havingagoodtime’s win looks even better now. The manner of her Fairyhouse win also suggested a stiff track like Naas would suit. Odds of 20/1 look massive and though there are only 7 runners, a small each way interest is advised.
NAAS SATURDAY TIPS: HAVINGAGOODTIME E/W @ 20/1 NB
Naas Saturday Tips: 3.10 Handicap Chase (0-130)
I think every punter is guilty of having the odd cliff horse, and Scoir Mear is one of mine. I put this fella up for the big handicap at Leopardstown last weekend, but the ground was too quick for him. He needs a hike in the weights to have any chance of getting into a handicap at the festival, presuming it goes ahead. Cheltenham must have been his target for some time because he was a huge eyecatcher there in 2017 behind Supasundae.
Scoir Mear should get his ideal ground and he is the one to beat for Mark Walsh and Tom Mullins. The danger looks to be Peculiar Genius for in form Paul Nolan and Bryan Cooper. He ran really well on his last start at this trip on easy ground at Wexford. Dropping back in trip was against him the last twice. Stepping back up to 20f looks sure to suit and off 115 he looks a real threat. A small reverse forecast on Scoir Mear and Peculiar Genius looks the most attractive bet.
NAAS SATURDAY TIPS: SCOIR MEAR/PECULIAR GENIUS REVERSE FORECAST
Naas Saturday Tips: 3.40 Handicap Hurdle (80-109)
The final race of the day looks an absolute minefield, a low grade 16f handicap hurdle with a field of 23. A case can be made for plenty, but at 20/1 and with rain forecast, Tashman looks a potentially well handicapped runner. He shaped with a degree of promise when 8th of 22 at Punchestown behind Gardens Of Babylon. His next three runs were poor, but the switch to handicap company and softer ground could spark improvement.
This son of Excelebration ran his best races on the level for Dermot Weld on heavy ground. It has been good or yielding for every one of his starts over timber so far. He starts off on a mark of 107 for his handicap debut, and Conor McNamara takes off 2lb. His trainer Gavin Cromwell has been in flying form with two winners and two thirds from his last six runners. The softer the ground the better Tashman’s chance will be, and at 20/1 each way players should get a decent run for their money (6 Places).
NAAS RACING TIPS: TASHMAN E/W @ 20/1 6 PLACES