14:05 Naas

CHOICE AND CHANCE handled cut in the ground when finishing a satisfactory third on debut at the Curragh. The winner of that race was talked of as stepping into Listed company next, so there was plenty of merit in Choice And Chance finishing less than a length and a half behind her. There should improvement aplenty from this Group 2 Debutante Stakes entrant. Giorgio Vasari has the form in the book to be a major player, however, rain-softened ground is an unknown for him. Similar comments apply to Blue Cabochon who was fourth in a Listed race behind Frenetic. Going Global didn't build upon a promising debut at Limerick when disappointing in the Curragh, but can do better. New Emerald Bay and Artistic Work are newcomers to monitor in the market.
Prediction : 1st Choice And Chance 2nd Giorgio Vasari 3rd Blue Cabochon

14:35 Naas

You pay your money you take your chance in this competitive dash. SENDMYLOVETOYOU likes an ease in the ground, and has prospects of doubling her win tally. She arrives in form after a close second over this trip in the Curragh last month. It is worth noting that the winner of that race (Nordic Passage) has since won a good sprint handicap at Headquarters off a mark of 88. Sendmylovetoyou has attained a rating of 80 after five outings, and the suspicion is that there is more in her locker. Royal Canford is likely to be popular with punters after a power-packed victory at the Galway Festival where she made all over seven furlongs. The handicapper has given her 8lbs, however, Nathan Crosse's claim offsets 5lbs of that. That was her second career victory but she has had 20 starts, so isn't bombproof. Blairmayne was a place behind Sendmylovetoyou at the Curragh and is running consistently. Celtic Manor has put in decent late work on his last couple of starts over five furlongs. Kosman has a squeak off a light weight.
Prediction : 1st Sendmylovetoyou 2nd Royal Canford 3rd Blairmayne

15:05 Naas

MEASURE OF MAGIC brings very strong form to the contest. She won a fillies' maiden in Tipperary and the third home emphatically franked the form by winning a Group 2 at the Curragh. On her last start, Measure Of Magic showed plenty of speed over Down Royal's fast five furlongs to assert and come in by a length and three-quarters. Afterwards Johnny Murtagh, who is having a sensational campaign, praised her professionalism. In addition, she is ground versatile. Frenetic was just pipped by a head in that aforementioned Group 2, and it was the first time she has tasted defeat. Her penultimate outing saw her win a Listed race by five lengths at Headquarters, so she is a significant threat but has to give Measure Of Magic 3lbs under the conditions of this race. Dickiedooda was also successful in Listed company, in Cork last month, and previously was thought good enough to contest the Group 2 Queen Mary at Royal Ascot in which she finished 10th. Dense Star and Grammata aren't out of it either in a good contest.
Prediction : 1st Measure Of Magic 2nd Frenetic 3rd Dickiedooda

15:35 Naas

The form of LADY ALCAZAR's last two appearances has been endorsed by the winners which gives hope that she can make the breakthrough off a mark of 64. She was caught at the winning post by Talking Tough over an extended five furlongs at Sligo, and the latter has since obliged in a handicap on day one of the Galway Festival. Lady Alcazar's next outing saw her come home fourth in Navan behind Not Now Zeb, who then swooped to land a good sprint handicap in the Curragh. Maggie Thunder put in her best effort to date when runner-up in Cork in first-time cheekpieces which are retained. Declan McDonogh is also on board again, and her chance is respected. Pulsating was unplaced in Galway over seven furlongs but finished well. She is back to a trip she enjoys, but it worth noting that all of her eight career victories have come on all-weather surfaces. Jo Binney can improve upon her seasonal reappearance eighth when keen in Cork.
Prediction : 1st Lady Alcazar 2nd Maggie Thunder 3rd Pulsating

16:05 Naas

THE COLA KID reappeared off a break to run a stormer when just failing by a head in second at Fairyhouse, which puts him right in contention for this. He is a lightly-raced horse who has switched to Ireland from Britain. Seamie Heffernan was booked for that Irish debut over six furlongs, so it would be reasonable to assume that a good run was expected. The handicapper reacted by putting him up 3lbs, but Ben Coen's claim offsets that. Ticks The Boxes is inching up the weights but was placed on his last two runs, so has his chance and is more than capable of getting in the money. Teddy Boy was a beaten favourite in seventh over five furlongs at this track last month. His previous pair of third places here give him prospects, though.
Prediction : 1st The Cola Kid 2nd Ticks The Boxes 3rd Teddy Boy

16:35 Naas

It's tempting to oppose SO WONDERFUL, but she gets a hesitant vote in the absence of a standout rival. Rated 102 (down from a peak of 108) and placed in the likes of the Moyglare and Irish Guineas, she was a market drifter when beaten last time at Gowran in maiden company. It's possible she ran into a good one in the shape of Never Forgotten, but she finished only just in front of a 77-rated filly, so she'll need to do better here. Maybe first-time headgear will help. Chasing The Dawn got to within half a length of Fancy Blue at Naas last year, but disappointed on her first start of 2020 at the Curragh. Ediyva was behind the consistent Soineanta at Leopardstown last year but might find improvement, while Bounce The Blues was strong in the betting when sixth at Gowran and is maybe better judged on her promising debut at the same track.
Prediction : 1st So Wonderful 2nd Chasing The Dawn 3rd Ediyva

17:05 Naas

Epsom Derby third AMHRAN NA BHFIANN is very hard to oppose as he drops back into maiden company. Fourth in a very strong maiden at Leopardstown (the three in front of him finished second, third and fourth in the Irish Derby) on his seasonal reappearance, he raced in third throughout behind Serpentine at Epsom and finished a little over a length in front of Gordon Stakes winner Mogul (sixth). Perhaps a mile and a half is his best trip, but he should still be too good for these rivals over 10f. Aidan O'Brien also runs an interesting newcomer in Gauntlet, a half-brother to Arc winner Danedream. King Arthur's Sword ran well when placed behind Irish Derby third Dawn Patrol over course and distance, and he can be involved for minor money along with Zawara, a promising second on debut over 1m here behind stablemate Kassaba.
Prediction : 1st Amhran Na Bhfiann 2nd Gauntlet 3rd King Arthurs Sword

17:35 Naas

MOHTARRIF stepped up appreciably on his third start for Ger Lyons when staying on nicely in a better grade of handicap at Leopardstown, and can be a first racecourse winner for his young jockey who was successful in the pony racing sphere. Connections have an impressive track record in sourcing horses from Britain, and the Cape Cross gelding looks to have the potential to pick up a handicap or two. Lord Park looks a danger after a fine handicap debut in a strong 3-y-o event at the Curragh and his rider has recently landed two big handicap prizes for the Halford stable. Awaasef is a well-bred filly who could be on a nice opening mark, while the ex-Roger Varian inmate Bardo Contiguo stayed on well at Galway and looked like he wanted this trip.
Prediction : 1st Mohtarrif 2nd Lord Park 3rd Awaasef

03/08/2020 Naas Acca