Steel Bull and Ginato are both interesting newcomers and both could get involved, as could fellow debutant Urban Step. Dense Star has gradually improved in three starts, but was a couple of lengths adrift of GISELLES THUNDER on the latter’s debut at Navan, and there seems little reason to suspect that she can turn tables on Gavin Cromwell’s charge here.
Very open handicap as one might expect. Consistent handicapper Doonard Prince is likely to go close, and cases can be made for the frustrating Sestriere, recent Navan winner Pretty Smart and Tipperary runner-up A Step Too Far among others. This might just go to TEDDY BOY, a winner at Navan in the autumn with two good runs in Naas handicaps coming into this. The form of the stable is encouraging too.
A few of interest here. Allez Allez Allez and King Of Stars are turning into disappointing sorts while Taggalo has to bounce back, but finding unexposed ones to take them on are not that easy to find. OLA BONITA showed a deal of promise on her debut at Navan last month, a line can be put through her last effort, and she might proved good enough.
A competitive contest. Back To Brussels and Unforgetable are both capable of winning at stakes level and are not far from doing so. The same can be said about Pronouncement. Millisle is obviously capable if returning to her juvenile form, but FOREVER IN DREAMS (nap) brings Group 1 form into this contest and will take a lot of beating if reproducing even her narrow defeat in the Greenlands Stakes last time.
Top-weight Kosman deserves plenty of respect but perhaps one with more scope off his current mark is the lightly-weighted RED BEACON, who shaped well against his elders last time in first-time blinkers. Pixel Power is quite nicely treated if returning to form and she reverts to probably her optimum trip here.
A Listed winner over this trip in 2018, SMASH WILLIAMS looks well placed to record a first win since if able to reproduce his Greenlands Stakes fourth of two starts back, though the drying ground may not be in his favour. Could Be King is another with a modest win ratio but holds every chance on his comeback third in a Curragh Listed, while Irish Cambridgeshire winner Jassaar could come on enough from a recent comeback run to feature.
Too keen last time, SHAMIYNA is now fitted with a hood and remains the one to beat on her debut run at Leopardstown over today’s trip where she had today’s rivals Prose and Tejano behind. Silver St Cloud can be expected to come on considerably from her debut run last month, while Forbearance is an interesting newcomer, being a daughter of Galileo from a top yard.
Probably a first in a maiden being contested by three runners from that season’s Irish Derby. Ger Lyons must have thought he had found a nice opportunity for Derby also-ran Chiricahua, but instead, comes up against the third and fourth from the race. DAWN PATROL fared the best, coming late to deprive Order Of Australia of third spot, seemingly ridden to get the trip, and although it could very close here he gets the vote to confirm the form, his rival having since taken in the French Derby too.
The Racing Post’s tips for Naas
*All odds correct at time of publication*
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