Horse Racing tips: Brendan Duke’s 4 fantastic picks for Sunday’s Irish meetings

Dukey has got your selections ticked off at Naas and Wexford.


* All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.

There is some quality fare in Naas on Sunday, while the Wexford card is more humdrum. Both venues are currently giving the ground as yielding. There are a few showers around, but I’d expect going on the easy side of good come race time.

We could well get some Royal Ascot clues in Naas as Cadamosto runs in the 15:10 race. Meanwhile, Contarelli Chapel lines up in the fillies race at 16:10. Both these two-year-olds represent the all-powerful Ballydoyle operation and they are also were impressive debut winners.

I suspect the maidens they won will work out as decent races and I’d expect both to maintain their unbeaten records on Sunday. They will be skinny prices however, and so I’ve found four different options.


14:10 Naas – San Aer

This three-year-old handicap could be a hot race and the three horses at the head of the weights have all contested stakes company. There are also a couple of impressive maiden winners in the race and I’m going to take a chance on SAN AER.

It’s quite possible that he will prove out of his depth in this company, but I do rate him a well handicapped horse. He hasn’t helped himself by running a bit free on his last couple of starts. Despite that, he would surely have gone fairly close in Leopardstown last time out but for having his path blocked on a number of occasions up the straight.

That race is starting to look like decent form for the grade and there seems to be plenty of early speed about on Sunday. That should help Joe Doyle to get San Aer switched off. The way he finished off his race in Leopardstown suggests the extra furlong here will help too. He might be running out of his grade, but this unexposed horse is likely to go off at double figure odds and that’s would be enough to tempt me.

15:40 Naas – Logo Hunter

LOGO HUNTER had options over both 5 and 6 furlongs on this card, but I believe connections have made the right call by pitching him into a Listed race over the minimum trip. This three-year-old sprinter looks a horse going places. His win in Cork on penultimate start has been well advertised since by Mooneista and I thought Logo Hunter travelled like the best horse last time out in Navan.

The extended 5 furlongs on such a stiff track probably caught him out and he was also slightly inconvenienced at the start. There was no shame in a narrow defeat to the upwardly mobile Measure Of Magic mind you.

This contest looks a strong race for the grade, but a number of rivals have penalties to carry and Logo Hunter has no such worries. I expect him to travel sweetly on the pace. On just his seventh career start, Michael Browne’s charge can find enough to prevail.


15:55 Wexford – Bold Enough

A quick diversion to Wexford for this novice chase and it looks like a straightforward opportunity for BOLD ENOUGH to make a winning debut over fences. He comes here on the back of placed effort in a competitive handicap hurdle at the Aintree meeting and It’s no secret that Henry De Bromhead’s charges usually improve for jumping fences.

I don’t see why Bold Enough should be any different and he was the highest rated of these over hurdles. He will be favourite, but with Gold Des Bois and Nero Rock among the opposition, I’m hoping he won’t be prohibitively short in the betting. I’ll be highly surprised if he gets beaten.

16:40 Naas – A Case Of You

I tipped A CASE OF YOU last time out for a Guineas trial in Leopardstown and he ran dismally. I’m putting that run in the ‘too bad to be true’ box, and will back him again in the Lacken Stakes. The form of his two runs prior to the Leopardstown debacle suggest this is a high-class colt.

He beat Lipazzaner comfortably in the Curragh last October and he then proved his wellbeing for a new yard by hammering Logo Hunter in Dundalk a couple of months ago. Obviously, I’m quite keen on that piece of form.

It’s hard not to be concerned about the last run from A Case Of You. He did get a bump early, and was trapped wide for most of the race, that bump may also explain why he ran with the choke out. He’s normally a tractable sort. There isn’t a whole pile of obvious pace in this sprint and I’d expect Ronan Whelan to get his mount travelling sweetly on the front end. The layers may feel emboldened by that last run. Hopefully, we can get a big run at rewarding odds.

Brendan Duke’s tips summary:

14:10 Naas – San Aer
15:40 Naas – Logo Hunter
15:55 Wexford – Bold Enough
16:40 Naas – A Case Of You





The latest racing odds are on now

The Paddy Power Guide To Responsible Gambling – Everything You Need To Know