Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has four tips for today's action with all four selections running at Naas.
A whole variety of two-year-olds meeting in the final of this EBF Auction series and even though THREEBAGSFULL (best price 13-2) has been one of the most industrious and therefore by design, fairly exposed, he still appeals as one of the likeliest winners.
A winner at Bellewstown earlier in the season, Johnny Murtagh’s colt has failed to add to his tally in five subsequent starts, but some of his performances in defeat have been better than the bare form has suggested. Only beaten four lengths in the Ballyhane Stakes over today’s course back in August, his latest effort at the Curragh when runner-up to the highly regarded King J deserved to be upgraded as he was the only one from a low draw to offer any sort of resistance to the winner. Saved for this race ever since, the son of Requinto should be primed to put up a bold show over a trop that should play into his strengths.
SILENT PERFORMANCE (best price 3-1) gained her just rewards for a near miss the time before at Down Royal last time out and with the time figure good and subsequent form of the race working out well accordingly, there’s more than a fair chance Denis Hogan’s filly can repeat the dose.
A strong finisher over 1m1f previously, the daughter of Zoffany was stepped up in trip in a bid to finally get off the mark and in what turned out to be a strongly run race at the Co down venue, she proved equal to the task. Looking as though she was saving a bit for herself in the latter stages that day, it comes as no surprise to see the cheekpieces back on in a bid to focus her mind where it matters most and with the useful and in-form Daniel King on board, the combination should pose plenty of problems to their opposition.
BARRINGTON COURT (best price 2-1) has been forced to miss several recent engagements due to suitably fast ground, but with quite a bit of rain falling overnight and into the morning leaving conditions a good deal on the easier side than predicted, conditions should be about ideal for Jessica Harrington’s filly to make a bold bid to retain her crown.
Nothing short of a revelation since having her attentions centred on the Flat, the daughter of Mastercraftsman went from landing a maiden at Bellewstown last August to winding up the season with two victories and as many seconds in four pattern races, the pick of the bunch coming in this corresponding contest. Despite still having plenty to do at the halfway stage, the seven-year-old stayed on extremely powerfully in the final three furlongs to pull victory out of the fire and that success meant there was no talk of sending her back over hurdles during the winter. Unfortunately for her connections, she’s only been able to make the racecourse twice this season due to circumstances beyond her control, but with the weather gods finally relenting and providing her with plenty of cushion underfoot, the classy chestnut mare can at least round off her campaign in the best possible fashion.
Another who hasn’t visited the track much this season is TASHI (best price 25-1) and while she’s yet to establish herself at this sort of level, it would come as no major surprise to see her run a good deal better than the market suggests.
Sheila Lavery’s filly has already dipped her bread at this level last season and although she failed on each occasion, there were mitigating circumstances as to why she didn’t feature. Wiped out when coming with a reasonable looking threat in the Bluebell Stakes won by Barrington Court last October, she then preceded to totally blow the start on her final race of the campaign at Leopardstown. Once again, slowly away and always in the rear on her seasonal reappearance at Gowran, the daughter of Kingston Hill had the qualities to overcome another tardy beginning on her most recent outing at Tipperary and in finally losing her maiden status back in June, she did so in a very smart time figure. Obviously, her party piece to be a bit of a madam coming out of the stalls is a concern, especially now she goes back into pattern level, but at the same time, there’s she harbours a pretty decent engine and at 25-1, she’s worth a roll of the dice to see whether she finally gain some sought-after black type.