Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Maarek to motor home at Naas

The talented Maarek can win at Naas
The talented Maarek can win at Naas

Timeform have identified three bets at Naas on Monday...

Maarek, who has performed with distinction in Group races for the past two seasons, won this race last season and has achieved a level of form that his rivals cannot match.

Ask Dad hasn't managed a win since prevailing in a two-runner minor event in 2012 while in the care of Richard Hannon, but he has slipped to an attractive mark and can launch a bold bid in the six-furlong handicap at 17:55. Ask Dad produced a respectable effort at the Curragh last time, finishing in mid-division, and the application of blinkers in place of the usual visor may be enough to spark a full-scale revival. At a double-figure price Ask Dad appeals as a value proposition and should be backed to cash in on his falling mark. 

Maarek shaped as if he was in need of the run when performing below expectations at Cork on his first start for his new yard, but the Group 1-winning sprinter ought to be a different proposition with that run under his belt and can get back to winning ways in the five-furlong listed contest at 18:55. Maarek, who has performed with distinction in Group races for the past two seasons, won this race last season and has achieved a level of form that his rivals cannot match. He holds excellent claims and should be backed this evening.

The seven-furlong handicap at 19:25 is a competitive affair but the lightly-raced Shipyard caught the eye when faring best of those drawn high at the Curragh last time and can register a first handicap success here. Andrew Oliver's unexposed five-year-old perhaps produced his best effort when finishing second over one mile at Leopardstown last season, so it was encouraging to see him perform so creditably over six at the Curragh earlier this month, and it could be that today's seven-furlong trip will prove ideal.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
Back Ask Dad in the 17:55
Back Maarek in the 18:55
Back Shipyard in the 19:25

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