Thank the Baby Jesus for Irish Racing as Naas gives us something to focus on Saturday, while equine influenza continues to wreak havoc over in the UK.
Debuchet heads the market though is far from a reliable sort. We like Sky Marshal for Charles Byrnes. He ran a cracker behind a good horse last time when an unfancied 33/1 chance for connections. Davy Russell takes the ride here and there’s a big chance he’ll improve plenty on what he’s shown. If he does, he’ll go very close here at 11/4.
Oliver McKiernan sponsors this race and looks to have a very good chance with the very talented All For Joy at 9/4. He tends to be quite keen and hasn’t been getting home of late, though a combination of a drop to two miles and the application of a hood could really help him. This isn’t a deep race and his main opposition, Advantage Point, has been off the track since October.
This is a very difficult race to call. Joseph O’Brien holds the key and his two runners head the market. Gordon Elliott’s Coko Beach could be a value play though and is likely to improve on his debut run at Leopardstown.
We like two against the field in Scoir Mear and Nellie Pledge. The former has become really well treated over fences in relation to his hurdles mark and if the money arrives, will take a lot of beating with conditions looking ideal for him. We also like Nellie Pledge. She was hammered in the betting on handicap debut before bolting up two starts ago. She could still be ahead of her mark.
This is more of a personal small fancy at a big price. Coral Blue could be worth a small each-way bet at 18/1, where we’re also paying 6 places. Caught the eye twice early in his career in races that have worked out very well and has been let in off a lowly handicap mark of 99. Add to that a generous four-year-old allowance and we could be in clover.