Horse Racing Tips: Our best bets for Sunday’s racing at Cork and Naas

Our tipster James Shortt looks for value in Cork and Naas.

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13:10 NAAS – DAME KIRI

DAME KIRI has plenty of experience and should get off the mark in the opening 6-furlong fillies maidan at Naas on Sunday. The daughter of Justify showed plenty of early speed at both Leopardstown and here at Naas during the summer to suggest the drop back in trip could be ideal under Seamie Heffernan. The form of her third-place finish here in August has working out nicely with Devore and Foniska both subsequent winners for Johnny Murtagh and Jessica Harrington.

Aidan O’Brien’s juvenile brings the best form to the table following her encouraging fourth-place finish behind Aspen Grove in group company at the Curragh and will be very hard to beat. Elsewhere, Press Play can improve from her debut run at Cork with Mere Accountant making her debut under Ben Coen. The daughter of Dark Angel has a sprinting pedigree and any market support for Michael O’Flynn’s filly on debut should be noted.

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13:45 NAAS – CHARLES BIANCONI

The five-furlong trip looked too sharp for CHARLES BIANCONI at Cork last month and the extra-furlong here can see Aidan O’Brien’s horse land this 6-furlong maiden. Wayne Lordan remains in the saddle and despite that race perhaps looking a little weak on paper, there was plenty to like about his staying on third in the closing stages. The benefit of three starts under his belt gives him the edge over stable-mate Duke Of Vienna who makes his debut under Seamie Heffernan.

Colin Keane and Billy Lee are fighting for every winner at present and won’t make it easy for the Ballydoyle duo. Keane teams-up with Noel Meade and rides Desert Haven who has some encouraging runs this season and has a rating of 82. Lee takes the ride on Navalny for Henry de Bromhead with this horse dropping back into maiden company following a spin at listed level around Dundalk. Polar Bear has a similar profile to Desert Haven and can’t be dismissed in what looks an open contest.

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13:55 CORK – NOS NA GAOITHE

Willie Mullins and his Closutton team can do little wrong at the moment and NOS NA GAOITHE can take this 3-mile Novice Hurdle stepping up in trip under Danny Mullins. The daughter of Yeats runs in the colours of Syndicates Racing and can bounce back from her narrow defeat to Ambitious Fellow at Listowel last month. Both horses went away from the chasing pack on that occasion and the longer trip can see her progress and secure victory.

She receives weight from Another Choice, Royal Romeo and Grand Soir with John McConnell’s runner looking the biggest danger from those rivals for me. He produced a nice staying on win at Kilbeggan last month and the stable won this race two-years ago with Streets Of Doyen. Elsewhere, there was a lot to like about Royal Romeo’s gutsy win at Navan with the horse returning to hurdles having disappointed on the flat at Thurles earlier this month.

14:55 NAAS – SUNSET SHIRAZ

A big field once again for the Listed Garnet Stakes which has a strong record of three-year-old winners with seven securing victories over the past decade. SUNSET SHIRAZ brings some strong juvenile form to the table and looks poised for a big effort following her comeback run at the Curragh last month. Despite finishing closer to last than first, the daughter of Time Test was only beaten just under 10-lengths and should improve plenty for that effort.

Gavin Cromwell’s runner finished behind Agartha, Discoveries, Concert Hall and Limiti Di Greccio last season. The drop back trip and some cut in the ground are positives for a big run under Gary Carroll and with a bit of luck she’ll go close in this affair. Elsewhere, it’s great to see Mehnah back for Kevin Prendergast with Toy the one they’ll all have to beat now dropping down in class. Aidan O’Brien’s Irish Oaks second is the top rated here and returns following her latest effort in Germany in August.

15:30 NAAS – TERM OF ENDEARMENT

Billy Lee can get one over Colin Keane in the Listed Bluebell Stakes with Henry de Bromhead’s filly looking a lively contender to secure victory. The daughter of Sea The Moon has plenty to find on ratings with Yaxeni but looks open to further progression following her third-place finish at Gowran Park last month. The first-time hood used on that occasion remains with that run catching the eye after she made her challenge wide and up the stand-side rail alone.

It was only her fourth career start and the step-up in trip and with some juice in the ground can only bring out further improvement. It didn’t go according to plan for Yaxeni in the Cesarewitch with Ger Lyons’ mare back down in trip and giving weight away to all rivals. You can put a line through that performance because her runs and wins earlier this season were good form and it would be no surprise to see title rivals and good friends, Lee and Keane fight out the finish.

16:15 CORK – FINAL ORDERS

FINAL ORDERS won in comfortable fashion at Killarney two-weeks ago and can follow-up again despite dropping back in trip for this Rated Novice Chase at Cork. Gavin Cromwell’s runner jumped for fun on just his second start over fences and looks capable of finding more under Keith Donoghue. He’s clearly in good heart having won over hurdles at Bellewstown in August before finishing second on his chasing debut at Downpatrick – he’s gone off favourite in his last five starts.

Golden Sandbanks is best of those with official ratings and has been very consistent in recent months and comes here hoping to reverse the form with Low Style now returning to fences following their hurdle battle at Roscommon. Barry Connell has enjoyed a good October so far with victories from Hgranca De Thaix and Marine Nationale and it’s interesting to see Low Style head straight over fences on just his fifth career start.

*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.

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