Will Reilly takes a look at a very good card of racing at Naas on Wednesday, where the feature race is the €75,000 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Naas Oaks Trial at 8pm, a race that has been won four times in the last six years by trainer Aidan O’Brien, and twice in the last six years by trainer Dermot Weld.
6pm Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden (a Plus 10 race), 2yo, 6f
Only six of the 17 runners have seen the racetrack, including Joseph O’Brien’s A New Dawn, who has had two runs, the latest of which saw her finish second to Cayenne Pepper at Leopardstown.
On the basis of that, and despite her wide draw, she holds every chance of running well today dropping back in trip. Hopefully, the overnight going of good to yielding (good in places) will dry out further overnight.
Joseph also runs Unforgetable, a half-sister to multiple Group 2/3 winner Libranno but, based on jockey bookings, A New Dawn looks favoured from the stable.
Aidan O’Brien runs two fillies, both newcomers, Darkest and Holy Roman Empress.
Darkest will race in the same colours as A New Dawn and is a a half-sister to five winners, including 15-time winner Sovereign Debt, and a full-sister to Dermot Weld’s mid-90s rated three-time winner, Sorelle Delle Rose.
Holy Roman Empress is fascinating as she is by USA Triple Crown winner American Pharoah out of Damson, a Royal Ascot and Group 1 winner in 2004, and is a half-sister to five winners, including Group 2 and 3 winner Requinto.
Michael O’Callaghan runs Deidra, who is from the same family as Group 1 winner Lethal Force, but she has been drawn wide.
Jessica Harrington’s horses are running well and she will be represented by two fillies – In The Present, third to Ickworth in a Listed Race at The Curragh in May and not beaten far in a Group 3 race here at Naas on her most-recent start, and Nope, who is by No Nay Never out of a Galileo mare and is interesting based on breeding, although stable-jockey Shane Foley will be on In The Present.
Willie McCreery’s juveniles have been having a good campaign and he runs Truth Prevails, who is by Siyouni out of an Oasis Dream mare and is closely related to four-time Group 1 winner, Postponed.
It is a fascinating opener, in which the betting might provide clues. IN THE PRESENT is given as a tentative selection.
7pm EMS Copiers Supporting Kildare Chamber Maiden, 3yo+, 5f
Relatively few of these have shown ability, although that can’t be said of Fozzy Stack’s No Nay Yellow, who was fifth at Fairyhouse on his debut over six furlongs. Willie McCreery’s Designation finished two places and two lengths ahead of him that day and she is also one to give thought to.
Joseph O’Brien’s Royal Court has had lots of chances over a variety of trips and will surely win at some point, while Ted Walsh’s Castletownshend has also been knocking at the door and the drop to five furlongs for the first time may help things along.
Johnny Murtagh’s Hiella ran well over six furlongs here last time and is entitled to run well again, while Ken Condon’s Wondrous Scene finished two-and-a-half lengths behind Castletownshend here last time on what was her debut so she is entitled to come on for that.
After getting upset before the race, Tracy Collins’ Zippity ran well to finish fourth at Tipperary last time on soft going on her debut, where she finished just half-a-length behind Royal Court.
Ger Lyons’ Rita Levi is also one to consider as she has had plenty of experience and has run to a reasonable level of maiden form.
Have a look at how the betting shapes up but, looking at the race on Tuesday afternoon, DESIGNATION, who is well drawn, caught the eye as one that was likely to go well.
This week’s racing includes the three-day Irish Derby meeting at The Curragh (Thursday to Friday), which will be previewed each day by Alan Marron, and the three-day Northumberland Plate meeting at Newcastle. The Northumberland Plate will also be previewed by Alan.
7:30pm Denis Byrne Memorial Apprentice Handicap, one mile, 3yo+
Nam should run his race, although he has yet to win from his current rating, while Spruce Meadows is well-handicapped based on the best of last year’s form but has rarely run over as short one mile of late.
Stormy Air looks competitive from his rating, but Raphael has an eight-pound rise in the ratings from his course-and-distance win of 295 days ago (the last time we saw him on a racecourse) in order to win.
Johnny Murtagh’s Angels has been dropped two pounds for a good run at Gowran Park on June 3 and could go well again.
Dermot Weld and Jim Bolger are both represented – by Frosty Beach and Laethanta Saoire, respectively – in the race, although the latter was well beaten on her handicap bow last time and the former ran quite well when sixth over seven furlongs on her handicap debut last time, which came at Listowel.
However, for the selection, I’ll side with STAR QUALITY. Following a near seven-month absence, he finished second over course and distance on May 19th on what was his first run for trainer Jessica Harrington. A drop of two pounds in the ratings from that run seems very fair and, with a good apprentice booked, she can run well.
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Naas Oaks Trial (Listed Race, fillies), 10 furlongs
The beautifully-bred Goddess – by Galileo out of Cherry Hinton, a daughter of the great broodmare Urban Sea that has so far produced six winners, including Group 1 Irish Oaks winner Bracelet and USA Grade 1 winner Athena – has it to prove based on her modest run at Navan on June 8th (her first run in 11 months) and four of her opponents are rated higher than her (she is rated 91).
These are Hamariyna (101), a game winner of a mile Group 3 race at Leopardstown last time, from which she is now five pounds worse off with Dean Street Doll (who stayed on well that day) for 1.25 lengths, and five pounds worse off for 1.25 lengths plus a head with Trethias from the same race.
High hopes were entertained with Eleanthus earlier in the season but she has been beaten in handicaps in her last three runs. Cheek-pieces are, though, tried for the first time today.
Her trainer, Joseph O’Brien, also runs Cnoc An Oir, who’ll need to build on her bare form in order to win, although we have yet to see the best of her.
Dermot Weld runs Fairyhouse maiden winner Search For A Song, who is beautifully bred, being by Galileo and a half-sister to Group 1 winner Free Eagle plus Group winners Custom Cut and Sapphire. She, as they say, could be anything.
Jim Bolger’s Operatic Export needs to build on this season’s form in order to get involved, while, along with Goddess, Aidan O’Brien also runs promising Gowran Park maiden winner, Flowering Peach, and Chablis, who not beaten far when fourth to Who’s Steph in a Group 3 race at Cork on June 14th.
It’s a good line-up, in which DEAN STREET DOLL, up in trip from Leopardstwon and with a weight pull with Hamariyna, is the selection.
9pm Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, 3yo+, one mile
Given that her conqueror at Navan on June 8th has gone on to win well at Down Royal, this race looks to revolve around Aidan O’Brien’s SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL. Aidan is pictured below