There's a good card at Naas on Sunday and that is where we head for our best Irish bets...
Bazaar is clearly learning all the time, just four starts into his career, and he was an easy winner at Navan last time, quickening clear to win by five lengths...
As Good As Gold has already had plenty of chances so it could be worth siding with the once-raced Byzantium in the 14:10 at Naas. Eddie Lynam's juvenile created a good impression on debut at the Curragh, finishing third in a listed race, and any improvement on that performance would make her very difficult to beat. It speaks a lot about Byzantium's potential that her shrewd trainer, Eddie Lynam, was willing to start her off in a listed contest, and she can get us off to a good start.
The Dermot Weld-trained I'm Yours could well go on to make her mark in Group races, however, at the prices, there are enough reasons to oppose her with Waltzing Matilda in the one-mile listed race at 15:15. Waltzing Matilda arrives at the top of her game; her close-up fourth in a Group 3 at the Curragh at the end of August is one of the best pieces of form on offer. Conversely, I'm Yours has been off the track since winning in good style in April. That success came over further and on softer ground, so she could prove vulnerable to the steadily-progressive Waltzing Matilda, who looks a rock-solid proposition.
We wait until the feature race on the card, the October Handicap (16:55), for our final bet as we side with Aidan O'Brien's Bazaar. Bazaar is clearly learning all the time, just four starts into his career, and he was an easy winner at Navan last time, quickening clear to win by five lengths, the way he travelled into the race marking him down as a horse well ahead of his mark. He has gone up 17 lb for that wide-margin success but he is very much the type to carry on improving and looks sure to relish the step up to one and a half miles.
Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Naas
Back Byzantium @ 2.245/4 in the 14:10
Back Waltzing Matilda @ 7.26/1 in the 15:15
Back Bazaar @ 6.05/1 in the 16:55