Sunday Irish Racing Tips: Getaway Kid the best Naas bet of the day

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Joseph O'Brien and Noel Meade could be amongst the winners at Naas on Sunday

A good card at Naas comes up on Sunday and Alan Dudman previews the action with four bets to follow for the day...

"He posted a smashing performance there, with not only the rhythm of his fencing, but also the way he travelled."

Back Getaway Kid @ 7.06/1 in the 15:50 at Naas

Espoir to enhance his Champion Hurdle claims

Finding winners can be a tough task, it seems finding a runner is even tougher lately on a Sunday judged on my headline horses recently. The nons are stacking up, and Invitation Only was the latest last week. He came out to win the Thyestes on Thursday and is now 40/1 on the Sportsbook for the Gold Cup.

The ground is still causing headaches and we could still have some "good" in the description for Sunday. Maybe it will be more on the yielding side, we'll see, but I don't envisage too many problems with the surface for the selections.

We crack on with the bets in time order.

The Limestone Lad Hurdle doesn't look the most competitive of renewals so it's no surprise Espoir D'Allen was 10/11 last night on the Sportsbook. If you like backing at those odds, it is hard to state a case for the opposition.

Willie Mullins' Wicklow Brave is an admirable horse, but he is a 10yo and isn't getting any better. Usually he is placed shrewdly by Mullins to win weak races, and he has been well beaten in both starts this term in Grade 1s. It's a drop in grade and he can make the running, but as a bet, no.

It's the same with Tombstone; who didn't run badly behind Sharjah in the Grade 1 Ryanair Hurdle. But he was well beaten in a handicap at Fairyhouse - and that wouldn't get anywhere near Espoir D'Allen, who is progressing fast following a seriously smart run to win a Grade 3 at Limerick. He jumped and quickened in that with a neat turn of foot. His Champion Hurdle claims might be enhanced (for which he is 25/1 on the Sportsbook), but it's hard to chisel out a bet.

O'Brien sends two for Grade 3, Operator looks the bet

The Grade 3 Novice Chase at 14:20 is a bit more like it in terms of a more open race with 11 runners and it's been won by horses that stay well looking at recent victors Wounded Warrior and Anibale Fly.

With the stamina in mind, and the selection appears to have plenty, I'll have a dart at Joseph O'Brien's Shady Operator.

We saw at Cheltenham on Saturday the training talents of O'Brien with a 1-2 in one of the hurdle races. Yes, he has all the big owners behind him, and it's no bad thing having Aidan as your dad, but what has struck me about O'Brien junior is a fearless streak in pitching his runners into top company. And that's what we have here with Shady Operator following two runs over fences.

His third on chase debut over an inadequate trip was a good one, as he travelled okay in that for a stayer. But there was a lot to like about his finishing power when landing the money in a 3m1f Punchestown Beginners. Stamina really was his forte in that.

O'Brien also saddles a bit of a flyer in Majurca. He was sent straight to a Grade 1 on his Irish debut on St Stephen's Day in a Limerick novice following the switch from Guy Cherel. He fell three out and certainly wasn't out of it, so it will be interesting to see how he fares going up in trip too. He over-raced and was keen at Limerick in what was his first run for 188 days and he's a massive price at 25/1. A lot of the ex-French runners can be keen, so we'll see if that will tone down a bit.

Outsider to improve, but Ballyneety has bags of talent

There was plenty of activity on the Sportsbook last night with Geneva Barracks - who was cut from 16/1 into 10/1, and he looks to have more ability than his current rating of 113. In fact he has been a bit frustrating with a couple of races; where he has been given plenty to do. He is usually held up and played late.

Is he bet? Well he certainly is in the Place market at around 3.505/2, that is fair.

He caught the eye making his comeback following a 347-day break at Cork last time. The ground was heavy and that wouldn't have suited, and he shaped nicely without ever threatening. His trainer Martin Brassil has mentioned he wouldn't mind spring ground, so hopefully we will have 'good' in the description come raceday.

The win bet that stands out is another Joseph O'Brien runner - and that's Ballyneety. He goes handicapping for the first time off 125, but he has plenty of ability judged on his Gowran Park win.

He wore the hood and the tongue tie for the first time at Cork three weeks' ago in a novice. He finished second but the ground was testing and the pace was slow early. I think he'll be better in a bigger field and a truer test - which he could get. He looks to have some talent. Maybe quirky too?

Getaway Kid to bounce back after fall

Trainer Noel Meade has described Getaway Kid as a horse with bags of scope, and he certainly created a very good impression when he winged over the Down Royal fences to win on his chase debut over the Christmas period. He posted a smashing performance there, with not only the rhythm of his fencing, but also the way he travelled.

Formerly big and backward over hurdles, that display really was pleasing. He looks a better chaser already than his efforts over the smaller ones.

He blotted his jumping copybook somewhat last time with a costly fall at the last at Fairyhouse. He probably would have won that as he travelled really well again, so it's a good sign he will be turned out just 15 days afterwards by his trainer. He rates my best bet of the day.

*Click here to read trainer Gordon Elliott preview the Naas card with his Sunday runners

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