Tote Tipster - Today's Horse Racing Tips
Naas - Sunday 26th - March
TODAY’S NAP: Aussie Valentine (4.40pm)
2.10 Moonlight Bay Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden
The first two year old race of the season is always an interesting affair and Moonlight Bay is chosen to score for the Kevin Prendergast. This yard generally have a good record in this contest and this daughter of Pivotal is likely to handle what is sure to be pretty testing conditions for juveniles. Jim Bolger has a great record in this contest and his representative, Verbitude, being a half-brother to the same stable’s smart Dubai Sand, is bound to be fancied to go close. Christy Roche would have won this race many times as a jockey as his Way Back Home is definitely one to note in the betting exchanges while the booking of Pat Smullen for Royal Diplomat could be of significance and this son of Zebedee has a good draw along the rail. Footstepsintime may be the pick of the remainder.
Exacta: 8 & 5
Trifecta: 8 & 5 & 7
2.40 Invincible Ryker Weatherbys GSB Goes Online Maiden
A huge field and perhaps Invincible Ryker can prove to be the right solution. He ran very well on his debut when a close up third over this course and distance last October but failed to build on that effort two weeks later at Leopardstown. He did handle soft ground as a two year old and his previous racecourse experience will be to his benefit here. Solomons Seal ran a nice race when third on his only juvenile start at the Curragh last September and looks capable of getting very involved while Alphabet was formerly trained by David Wachman and showed plenty of ability on more than one occasion which suggests she should not be far away at the finish. Jet Streaming is a newcomer to note with Pat Smullen booked for the ride and any market support for this one would have to be regarded as significant while Tessonna has been lightly raced to date and this four year old could get involved if able to reproduce her smart first run at the Curragh in July 2015. Imbucato, Ma Fee Heela and Virtudes are other newcomers to keep an eye on in the betting market in a difficult contest.
Exacta: 7 & 13
Trifecta: 7 & 13 & 20
3.10 Mizaah Naas Racecourse Launches 2017 Flat H’cap
The first of 3 fiercely competitive handicaps on the card and perhaps Mizaah can prove best. A winner of the 6f maiden at the Curragh in May last year, he failed to add to that success but did run some fine races in defeat including when third at Tipperary in October and when third in a very valuable handicap at Leopardstown on Champions Weekend. Great Minds won this race back in 2014 but has been lightly raced in recent campaigns. However, he handles soft ground very well and is sure to make a bold bid on the pick of his form. An Saighdiur and stablemate Dinkum Diamond are two solid campaigners at this level who should make their presence felt while St Brelades Bay and Imagine If are two others with definite each way prospects if fully ready for their first runs of the year. Sharliyna has only raced twice to date winning a Leopardstown maiden and finishing runner up in a conditions event at Limerick and this lightly raced filly is open to plenty of improvement which suggests she could go close in a very difficult event.
Exacta: 5 & 8
Trifecta: 5 & 8 & 2
3.40 Massif Central Palmerstown House Madrid H’cap
It is probably unlikely that the winner of this race will prove to be as good as last year’s winner which was the subsequent Irish 2000 Guineas hero, Awtaad, but a competitive race is on the cards in any event. Top weight Vociferous Marina looks one for the shortlist after winning well at the Curragh on the second of her two juvenile starts while Zelaniya handled testing conditions when taking a Gowran Park maiden in October which suggests this test will be well within her compass. Elusive Beauty was very consistent last season and has plenty of form on which she could be given a very good chance while Hansian Prince is another bound to make his presence felt after a number of decent performances last season. Circus Ring looked an improver when winning well at Dundalk last time and won’t lack for fitness but a 10lb rise in the ratings for his latest win makes life more difficult for him. Towards the bottom of the weights, Gino Severini could be one to note in the betting exchanges but perhaps Massif Central can prove to be the right solution. He went close in a valuable sales event over this course and distance last October and if repeating that effort might just be good enough in another hotly contested event.
Exacta: 5 & 3
Trifecta: 5 & 3 & 1
4.10 Somehow Lodge Park Stud EBF Park Express Stakes (Group 3)
While the distance of a mile is likely to be well short of her best trip, Somehow may be good enough to concede weight all round here. She ran some fine races last season including when fifth in the Irish Oaks and rounded off the term with a very convincing success in the Snow Fairy Stakes at the Curragh in late August. Czabo is one of two English raiders engaged and she would have each way prospects on her fair fourth in the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh last May while Queen Anne’s Lace shaped nicely when bolting up on her first start in a Gowran Park maiden in September and while she failed to add to that win on 2 subsequent outings, she can be entitled to go pretty well. Flying Fairies showed nice improvement throughout last season when trained by Joe Murphy and rounded off her campaign with a decisive win in a listed contest at Leopardstown. She has her first start for John Oxx here and should be able to make her presence felt with Legitimus another with decent each way claims on the balance of her overall form last term.
Exacta: 1 & 7
Trifecta: 1 & 7 & 10
4.40 Aussie Valentine Tote Irish Lincolnshire H’cap
Having finished runner up in the race for the past two years, perhaps Aussie Valentine can make it third time lucky. He acts well on soft ground and should be fully ready for this test having run well when fourth at Dundalk last month. Sikandarabad is one of many dangers. Weld’s charge has only raced 4 times to date and ran a blinder when runner up in the Irish Cambridgeshire last season. With improvement likely, he is bound to play a leading role. Stenographer is an interesting contender from the Bolger yard having won the 6f maiden on this card last season as he proved he can handle soft conditions on that occasion and his handicap mark of 91 gives him decent claims while Canary Row does not know how to run a bad race and has sound each way prospects if lasting out this stiff mile trip. English raider Spring Offensive is another to be considered on his overall form with Sea Wolf well capable of getting involved while top weight Onenightidreamed won this race 2 years ago and has a touch of class having won the Gladness Stakes at the Curragh last April but he faces no easy task under top weight.
Exacta: 11 & 5
Trifecta: 11 & 5 & 9
5.10 Inca Gold Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden
Inca Gold was not the stable selected when running on well to take second place in a Curragh maiden last July and if able to overcome a wide draw here, he might be good enough to take this well contested maiden. Stable companion Pocketfullofdreams ran well on her only start when fifth of seven in a Group race last August and if market support arrives for her, she would be a big danger while Feathery shaped well on more than one occasion last term and rates a solid each way contender. Orderofthegarter gives the O’Brien stable a strong hand as this dual runner up brings fine form to the table with Tommy Hallinan a place possibility on the back of two decent efforts last term. Toursoun is a son of Sea The Stars representing the Weld/Smullen alliance and market moves for this one would have to be regarded as significant. He is nicely drawn in stall seven and is bound to be forward enough to go close at the first time of asking.
Exacta: 8 & 15
Trifecta: 8 & 15 & 18
Downpatrick - Sunday 26th - March
NAP – CERCA TROVA (16:20)
14:20 – WKD Maiden Hurdle 2m2f
ICARIO will be very difficult to beat here and looks likely to go off at short odds. He has been running consistently well, finishing second on four consecutive occasions since Christmas and was staying on when falling at the last in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham. A repeat of that (minus the fall) will surely be good enough here. Holly Flight looks like the biggest danger under Denis O’Regan. She finished third behind Apples Jade on her only run at Vichy almost two years ago – form that looks rock solid now. Any of the others could easily fill the places but preference is for Toccata Blue if he stays.
Exacta: 10 – 11
Trifecta: 10 – 11 – 1
14:50 – Guinness Rated Hurdle 2m2f
A really tricky looking contest and difficult to separate the two at the head of the market. Kilfenora had shown very little prior to absolutely hosing up (at 50/1) in Punchestown in February. The ground was very heavy that day and that may have been the reason for the improvement but it won’t be anywhere near as soft here. SANIBEL ISLAND looks like the safer option and was ridden for the first time by Denis O’Regan last week at Navan when comfortably winning over 2 miles. He’s gone up 8lbs for that win but, now that he’s regained the winning thread he should be followed. Derulo looks best of the rest.
Exacta: 3 – 1
Trifecta: 3 – 1 – 2
15:20 – Roadstud Installations Limited Handicap Hurdle 2m2f
Dawerann is interesting of the Gordon Elliot duo but might be a little high in the handicap. He’s run very well though since his move from Michael Hourigan’s to Cullentra House. MOUNTAIN KINGDOM looks like the one to be on though. Colin McBratney’s dual purpose gelding won his maiden hurdle here over C&D back in August and had a recent pipe-opener behind the very well handicapped Locus Standi at Dundalk. That will have put him spot on for this and he can chalk up C&D win No.2. Canova can do better here back on better ground with Jack Kennedy once again doing the steering.
Exacta: 6 – 2
Trifecta: 6 –2 – 10
15:50 – Toals Bookmakers Ulster National EBF Handicap Chase 3m4f
Folsom Blue is probably the one to beat having just been touched off by Abolitionist at Naas two weeks ago. That was a cracking run against a very well handicapped horse and the winning rider that day, Rachael Blackmore, takes the ride on Mouse Morris’s charge. Carrying topweight to victory over this distance will be difficult though and preference is for ANSEANACHAI CLISTE. Denied a run in the Foxhunters at Cheltenham, Stephen McConville’s charge has a very attractive mark of 97 and the excellent Dylan Robinson takes off another handy 5lbs. Definite Ruby would be a strong fancy if there weren’t so many concerns about the distance.
Exacta: 12 – 1
Trifecta: 12 – 1 – 5
16:20 – Racing Post Handicap Chase 2m3f
CERCA TROVA (NAP) has only had four starts over fences and has improved over hurdles of late. He's not getting any younger but looks well treated and can gain his first success over the bigger obstacles. James did really well between the flags and has won a hunter chase here but has so far failed to make his mark in handicaps. I'm An Izz Wizz did very well to finish a close second at Punchestown in Hanuary but disappointed when favourite at Down Royal and though House Limit is versatile he hardly ever wins.
Exacta: 10 – 7
Trifecta: 10 – 7 – 6
16:50 - Boardsmill Sires Maiden Hunters Chase 2m6f
SIZINGDOWNTHERHINE represents a trainer who knows how to land such events and he landed this prize in 2015 with a similar type. The booking of Jamie Codd suggests that a fair run is expected, and the crack amateur arrives here with confidence after landing the Cross Country event at Cheltenham last week. Enda Bolger's string often know their job in this sphere and he is triple-handed, with Equal Status the likely pick on jockey bookings. Jammin Masters looks best of the remainder.
Exacta: 4 – 5
Trifecta: 4 – 5 – 10
17:20 - Visit St. Patrick's Country (Pro/Am) Flat Race 2m1f
COEUR DE BEAUCHENE, runner-up in a point in November, didn't run anywhere near as well as expected in a bumper at Navan three weeks ago but looks to have been found a good opportunity to get off the mark. Dawn Shadow showed the benefit of his opening run with a much better effort at Down Royal on St Patrick's Day and won't have to improve much to get into contention here. Amarillo Rose showed some potential at Down Royal in August but has run poorly since so the newcomer Camaro may prove more of a threat as he's out of a bumper winner in France.
Exacta: 2 – 1
Trifecta: 2 – 1 – 6