Sunday Irish Racing Tips: Inverleigh looks a sprinter going places

Ryan Moore
Jockey Ryan Moore is in action at Naas on Sunday

With Group action and potential Royal Ascot clues on the Naas card for Sunday, Alan Dudman is back with a batch of bets for the day...

"Inverleigh holds a Commonwealth Cup entry, and could be set for a big season. Hopefully he can make it two wins for the campaign on Sunday."

Back Inverleigh @ 4/1 Sportsbook price in the 16:25 at Naas

Hunt Cup hero returns to action and is worth backing

It's a real shame there are no 3yos competing in the Listed 7f contest at 14:40, as they have had a decent record in recent editions. It's a tricky little race to solve too, as first glance at a few prices on Saturday evening had four of the eight contenders ranging from 3/1 to 7/2.

One of those was Chessman last night, and he is a big player back up in trip to a more suitable distance following his run against Sergei Prokofiev. That was a bit more like it with his second start for Richard O'Brien, and he also has plenty of good and quick ground form.

However, he doesn't win often.

The more solid bet is Settle For Bay. I'm not sure if he had a problem following his victory in the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot last term, but he wasn't seen for the rest of the summer after that victory. He popped up during the winter out in Meydan and didn't really fire from two starts. However, some horses can take to that, and some don't.

Rain is forecast for Sunday, but at the time of writing the ground was good to firm, and that will be fine for Settle Bay - who travelled very well to win that big handicap prize last season.

I am not too worried about coming back down in distance as he moved pretty smoothly to win at Ascot and made a lovely move at the two furlong marker to peel off the main stand side group. He has previously done a fair bit of racing at Dundalk and showed enough tactical speed and ability to quicken in some of those contests, and that should stand him in good stead in a smaller field.

Gossamer to show her wings, whilst outsider looks a back-to-lay trade

Another Listed race on the card at 15:15 brings together a few interesting strands. Firstly Beckford, who returns from a brief racing stint in America and is back with Gordon Elliott. This will be his first run of the season, and he's taking on a couple of race-fit rivals.

One of those is Gossamer Wings who will strip fitter following her comeback run at Cork last time. She has genuine Group 2 form and as a 3yo filly with the weight concession, she should prove to be too good for this field, especially over 5f today, as I think that is more her trip rather than the 6f.

She'll have a nice set-up too with her Aidan O'Brien stablemate All The King's Men proven as a front-runner. He won a Listed race at Navan when making all last term and he has got bags of speed. He displayed that pace when winning his maiden at the track last term - beating Never No More.

This one is a seriously fast son of No Nay Never who is all pace. He wants the ground rattling quick, and softer conditions are no good to him. Hopefully the rain will stay away. He was a big price on the Sportsbook last night at 14/1, especially with the nine in the field.

However, using those odds, he could be a smart in-running play to use as a back-to-lay.

Progressive Inverleigh can go in again for Lyons

The card at Naas is very much sprint-heavy, and whilst I couldn't find a bet in the previous 2yo Group 3 sprint for fillies at 15:50, I am happy to take the 4/1 Sportsbook price on Ger Lyons' Inverleigh.

I was very impressed with his return to action when taking the Listed Committed Stakes at Navan last time. The way he picked up from off the pace marked him down as a horse for better races, and his jockey that day only really pushed him out in the closing stages and gave him a tap when he was well clear.

He was outpaced briefly in that Navan victory at the 3f marker, and left the downhill part into the rising ground with plenty of momentum. He traded at a high of 29.028/1 in-running, so it might also be worth throwing up a 20.019/1-plus price in the Keep Bets to get matched. He also traded higher with his debut success at Leopardstown - and he showed another good pick-up in that.

Inverleigh holds a Commonwealth Cup entry, and could be set for a big season. Hopefully he can make it two wins for the campaign on Sunday.

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