Sunday Irish Racing Tips: Hughes pair to make impact on Trials Days

The aftermath of Storm Doris should mean some testing ground at Naas this afternoon
The aftermath of Storm Doris should mean some testing ground at Naas this afternoon

Naas hosts its Trials meeting today but while Cheltenham clues might be thin on the ground, Tony Keenan has a number of strong fancies...

"The Sandra Hughes horse seemed of little account in 2016 but looked a different proposition when chasing home Bon Papa last time and is best judged off that effort."

1 Point Back Giant Spirit @ 10.09/1 or bigger in the Naas 14:20

Terming this afternoon's Naas card Trials Day is a misnomer as the line on how many of these even run at Cheltenham is probably around four and a half. That shouldn't detract from what is an excellent card that makes plenty of betting appeal though, so let's get stuck in.


Naas 14:20 - Oppose Kolumbus with Giant Spirit

Kolumbus seems a reasonable favourite to oppose here; he can be keen so this stiff track won't help him get home while the heavy ground is a negative too. Most importantly however, he simply isn't so far clear of the rest in ability terms that he should be 2.01/1 for this. Winning pointer Never Off Duty is interesting on his rules debut while Drumconnor Lad and outsider Baby Bob could rightly have their supporters too but preference is for Giant Spirit.

The Sandra Hughes horse seemed of little account in 2016 but looked a different proposition when chasing home Bon Papa last time and is best judged off that effort. That race was run in a fast time and he should improve for it as it was his first outing since the previous June while he would also have finished closer but for a mistake three out.


Naas 14:50 - Take Dylrow to best temperamental pair

Both the front two in the market - Adreamstillalive and Blast Of Koeman - are temperamental, the former a tail-swisher with the latter inclined to hang, so there should be some value on offer elsewhere. Lilshane has his chance having dropped to a decent mark and was probably in front too soon last time but the potential of Dylrow is hard to ignore.

He had some good form as a novice behind the likes of Tigris River and Attribution and has rounded into form nicely this year, landing a gamble last time on his third start of the season. Ridden with supreme confidence that day in a race that wasn't run to suit, he was worth more than the winning margin of half-a-length and a six pounds rise shouldn't anchor him.


Naas 15:20 - Total Recall should relish the track

Marks in excess of 140 look very harsh for both Edwulf and General Principle on what they have achieved and this looks a race for those towards the bottom of the handicap. A Great View is the obvious one, doing well to win last time over a trip short of his best when hampered by a faller, but the market has found him.

Total Recall is the interesting one. Track configuration is not something to place much stock in but his trainer is adamant he is better on the left-handed circuit and his figures - 1410 - support this when compared to his ordinary form going the other way. He was only eleventh last time but that doesn't tell the whole story; his jockey was almost karate-kicked out of the saddle in the Leopardstown Chase when coming with his run into the straight.


Naas 15:50 - Any Second Now to continue unbeaten run

Any Second Now has looked a serious prospect on both his starts to date and I was surprised to see him at odds-against for this Grade 2 on a track that should suit him. Perhaps that is because there are three of his rivals rated within five pounds of him and he has a penalty but that doesn't take into account the scope he has to improve. There are big holes in the some of the opposition too; Labaik may not even start, Peace News has gone the wrong way and neither Joey Sasa nor Pravalaguna will be suited by heavy ground.


Naas 16:20 - Hammond raider out to exploit weak home team

Outside of Douvan, the Irish two-mile chase scene is weak as evidenced by the field for this Grade 3 and Just Cameron seems likely to take advantage of some sharp placing by Micky Hammond. He's clearly not up to graded class in the UK but is a solid 150 type who is getting seven pounds from Clarcam who has not run over this trip since April 2016. Timeform have him nine pounds clear on their ratings and he should be shorter than his current 2.89/5.


Recommended Bets:
1 Point Back Giant Spirit @ 10.09/1 or bigger in the Naas 14:20
1 Point Place Back Giant Spirit @ 2.68/5 or bigger in the Naas 14:20
1 Point Back Dylrow @ 7.06/1 or bigger in the Naas 14:50
1 Point Place Back Dylrow @ 2.56/4 or bigger in the Naas 14:50
1 Point Back Total Recall @ 9.08/1 or bigger in the Naas 15:20
1 Point Place Back Total Recall @ 2.89/5 or bigger in the Naas 15:20
1 Point Back Any Second Now @ 2.111/10 or bigger in the Naas 15:50
1 Point Back Just Cameron @ 2.89/5 or bigger in Naas 16:20


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