Naas Notebook

Horses for the notebook from the opening day of the flat at Naas

Peter Kingston finds a few to follow from the opening day of the flat season at Naas

I left home Sunday full of the joys, the sun was splitting the stones and spring had sprung. The flat was back. Got to Naas and no sign of the sun and it was bitterly cold. The weather like my punting at the minute, changeable. I don’t know what it is about the first day of the flat, maybe it’s a way of dealing with Cheltenham gone for another year but hope springs eternal.

An enjoyable day at Naas. A blistering start from Jim Bolger, another Lincoln for Ger Lyons and Fozzy Stack keeping tradition. Quite a difficult day punting wise but clues a plenty. Some of the races took strange shapes. The far rail seemed to be the place to be, less tacky and arduous than the middle of the track perhaps. Ground was yielding. Here are some horses for the tracker.

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Sonaiyla

Michael Halford’s filly was drawn 18 and did best of those on the standside in the 6f maiden. Winner Western Dawn and third, Ruby Walsh ridden Castletownshend both raced on what seemed the favoured far side judging by the results on the day. Sonaiyla should improve with racing from that stable and is likeable, shaping well on both starts so far at Naas. A maiden should be no problem in the near future.

Born in the USA

Sarah Lynam’s good looking gelding put in a much improved third start after being gelded over the winter. He was slow away here in the same maiden as Sonaiyla and was drawn 16. Allowed time to find his feet, he travelled well and caught the eye in the finish, staying on well under hands and heels, showing plenty of promise. A €42,000 yearling, half brother to four winners and his dam a winner, Born in the USA will be very interesting in 3yo handicaps. Hopefully he gets a workable mark, on his three runs, it’s hard to see why not.

Chessman

Richard O’Brien’s lesser fancied of his two runners in the 6f handicap, Chessman, I felt ran better than the bare form. Again highly drawn where the first four home where drawn 1,3,2 and 5. Chessman a 12,000 purchase from Archie Watson’s traveled well, up with the pace. The 5 year old hung around though where many of those up with the pace faded late. 2 furlongs down he looked the likely winner but weakened late on. Some of his better runs are on a sounder surface, he traveled like a good horse and can prove to be a cheap purchase.

Wasntexpectingthat

Paul Hanagan was at pains to settle Wasntexpectingthat early in the 7f Madrid Handicap, so much so he got quite unbalanced in the first few furlongs. Sixth on the inner turning in, he traveled as well as any. The Fahey 3 year old, gelded over the winter didn’t have the clearest of runs in the straight, quickened but the run flattened out. He’s probably more a 6f type. Judging from this he’s reasonably handicapped and can win in England soon when the race goes more smoothly.

Crockford

This fella is a bit hard to judge. Joseph O’Brien’s Camelot colt looked a bit of a weak finisher in Dundalk and application of tongue tie would make you think he’s unclear of his wind. But he’s flown home best of all here on tacky ground. Nothing really got into it from the back in the Madrid handicap. Crockford was last turning in at halfway, the winner sat 5th and eventual second, in third. He doesn’t look the most straight-forward, but obviously talented enough to make light of a mark of 80 soon.

Bobby Boy

Huh? Bobby Boy you say. He didn’t run yesterday. Both in Ger Lyons blog on the morning of the Lincoln and in Colin Keane’s post race winning interview, they referred to how disappointed they were that Bobby Boy didn’t get into the Lincoln.

Karawaan was an excellent winner of the Irish Lincoln yesterday, he held a great position after a kind draw but still won in decisive fashion, Keane ominously saying how he could improve for the run.

Mentions for Crownthorpe (made good late ground), Fastar (incurred trouble early), Ciao (also made good ground in straight) and Quizical (got an unusually negative ride, but stall 19, hadn’t come in coat but ran ok considering).

Bobby Boy is rated 81. It wouldn’t take a detective to think he’s pleasing them at home and they think he’s better than his mark. He won his debut at Naas on soft to heavy and then was 4th in what looks a hot race with hindsight. His third start in Navan was disappointing, he traveled into the race but didn’t finish off. Easy to forgive, maybe he wants an ease in the going. Lyons two representatives finished 1st and 6th, what could Bobby Boy be?

Basic Law

Another Ger Lyons. Possibly the best for last. Colin Keane went for the more forward stablemate it seemed. But Basic Law outran his odds of 25/1 on debut to fly home for 2nd in really taking style. Basic Law is a 3 year old Lawman gelding who was worth €85,000 as a yearling.  He’s a half brother to 6 winners including a Group 2 winner, Foundation and the likeable Kevin Prendergast trained Vastonea.

Basic Law slightly lost his position when they straightened for home and found himself in 8th or 9th. Gary Carroll spent a furlong or so angling for some room and when he found some a furlong and a half down the response was impressive. ‘A slow maturer’ Ger Lyons referred to him in his raceday blog, it’s reasonable to think he’ll improve a bundle for the run and is a winner in waiting. He probably handles soft ground so that would be a plus.

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