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PEPPER STREAK made an encouraging debut when staying on to finish fourth at Cork and can build on that performance to win in the opening 5-furlong maiden at Naas on Sunday. The Willie McCreery trained filly should uphold the form with Ernest Rutherford with the help of Nathan Crosse’s 3lb claim. Neo Soul races on debut for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane while B United and Gate Speed are other notable newcomers who warrant respect for Darren Bunyan and Jim Bolger.
TAI SING YEH has shown a good level of consistency this season and the drop to 6-furlongs can see him challenge in this very competitive 6-furlong handicap. The seven-year-old’s last two victories came over this trip with several good runs this season when second twice at both Down Royal and Fairyhouse this summer. The son of Exceed And Excel once again races of an official rating of 55 with the booking and use of Cian MacRedmond’s 7lb pound claim looking a major positive towards victory.
AFFABLE has been in great heart this season with trainer Ken Condon deciding to take his chance in this 6-furlong fillies handicap instead of travelling to York this week. She travels extremely well in her races and is very versatile in terms of distance following wins at Roscommon, here at Naas and most recently at Cork. Joey Sheridan knows the filly well and a 10lb rise for her victory in Mallow might not be enough to stop this improving four-year-old from securing another course and distance success.
The drop in trip to 7-furlongs looks ideal for DABANA to break her maiden with the daughter of Iffraaj looking the best bet on the card for me at Naas on Sunday. The form of her debut third at Gowran Park reads well with the winner Seisai improving further to win the listed Churchill Stakes at Tipperary for Joseph O’Brien. The Jessica Harrington trained Nectaris who finished second in Kilkenny was another subsequent winner when scoring in good fashion at Galway last month.
The Aga Khan owned filly was unlucky not to score over a mile at this venue earlier this month when unfortunately coming across a nice debutante in the shape of Albula. She travelled well and kicked for home before the furlong pole before doing little wrong to finish second behind Joseph O’Brien’s filly. A good draw in stall 5 will see Colin Keane find a good prominent position with the drop to 7-furlongs looking a positive for the Rosewell team.
We save the best to last in my option with an exciting conditions race named in memory of the late Pat Smullen over ten-furlongs. With the former champion jockey in mind, Tina Angelina is the only place to start following her impressive debut victory at Leopardstown last month for Dermot Weld. However, it’s an unknown if the slower ground will play to her strengths which leads me looking in a different direction in the Naas finale.
COLLINS STREET also won a Leopardstown last month when coming off a strong pace with cut in the ground to win in impressive fashion under Shane Crosse. The son of Camelot had previous experience following a barrier trial victory at Dundalk in June for Joseph O’Brien. Piltown assistant trainer Brendan Powell said Crosse was excited by the manner of victory in Foxrock and it’s notable the Lloyd Williams runner holds a group entry back at the Dublin track next month.
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