Oddschecker tips for every race at Naas on Saturday.
BEST BEHAVIOR was only six-and-a-half lengths behind subsequent Grade 1 scorer Tower Bridge when seventh in a hot maiden at Leopardstown over Christmas (fifth has also won since) and a repeat performance will make him difficult to beat in what looks a very winnable maiden. Allardyce continues to hammer on the door and he may have to settle for a place again, while Western Ruler, who wears a first-time tongue-tie, and point-to-point runner-up Ilsnepasserontpas are others to note. Prediction : 1st Best Behavior 2nd Allardyce 3rd Western Ruler
CLOSE SHAVE has been in cracking form, winning two of his last three starts, and despite a further 5lb rise in the ratings, he looks sure to mount a bold bid. Talented conditional Donal McInerney keeps the ride on Peoples Park after finishing third on the nine-year-old over 2m here last month and that pair can show up well again, while Wishmoor, Kopookris, Bilbo Bagins and Bilko add further spice to the contest. Prediction : 1st Close Shave 2nd Peoples Park 3rd Wishmoor
Willie Mullins' string seem to be in much better order than when Group 1 winner Epicuris flopped on his hurdling debut at Limerick and we are likely to see a different animal today, while Cartwright only found one too good on his first spin over timber at Gowran and he should give another good account. However, at the forecast prices, STEER CLEAR looks very tempting. The Flemensfirth gelding improved massively from his first to second start when sixth in a hot maiden at Punchestown (second and third have both won since) and he can go close with further progression. Prediction : 1st Steer Clear 2nd Epicuris 3rd Cartwright
PETE SO HIGH was behind Room To Roam at Leopardstown over Christmas, though he looked to take a bigger step forward when winning at Thurles three weeks ago. Room To Roam was third behind two potentially smart rivals last time and still deserves respect, though the gut feeling is that Gordon Elliott's charge has more scope over hurdles. Mastermind has been running well behind some talented animals but could be on for handicaps, while Schindlers Ark needs a market check.Prediction : 1st Pete So High 2nd Room To Roam 3rd Mastermind
Asthuria showcased her talents at this venue last month with a routine all-the-way victory and should go close here, while Dinaria Des Obeaux landed a Grade 2 at Thurles three weeks ago and was deemed good enough to run in Grade 1 events on two occasions before that. That said, there was plenty to like about BENIE DES DIEUX's reappearance win at Carlisle back in December and the seven-year-old is evidently best suited by testing ground. The drop in trip is unlikely to pose her many concerns and it would be slightly disappointing if she couldn't maintain her unbeaten record over fences.Prediction : 1st Benie Des Dieux 2nd Dinaria Des Obeaux 3rd Asthuria
Back Bar looked to lack a gear when beaten at Tramore last month and might need further than this, while Ard Na Carraig has proved a model of consistent lately and was behind a well-treated winner last time who has since followed up. Jim Dreaper won this two years ago and he relies on SIZING TITANIUM this time. The veteran won well over fences back in December but couldn't follow up here five weeks ago, struggling off his new mark. He is back over hurdles off 109 now and could prove tough to stop.Prediction : 1st Sizing Titanium 2nd Back Bar 3rd Ard Na Carraig
The booking of Patrick Mullins for EAGLE ROQUE looks highly relevant towards his prospects here and the four-year-old is fancied to land the spoils for Paul Nolan. A 33,000 euros purchase and related to winners in France on the Flat and over hurdles, he has plenty going for him in what might only be a modest bumper. Polished Steel has plenty of speed in his pedigree and is respected, while Feelin' Groovy and Major Fawcett should go well given they boast racecourse experience.Prediction : 1st Eagle Roque 2nd Polished Steel 3rd Feelin Groovy