After a fantastic Galway Festival, attention of Irish race goers turns to Naas on Bank Holiday Monday with an excellent eight race card.
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Here is our preview of the pick of the action at Naas with our tips in capital letters.
Breccbennach shaped with some promise when fifth on his Leopardstown debut and is entitled to improve, while Designs On Rome has shown up well in two starts so far and ought to get involved again.
North Dakota is a typical Ballydoyle newcomer, beautifully bred but entitled to learn plenty from this initial experience, so MOUTEAB gets the vote to go one better than his highly encouraging Leopardstown debut second.
BENALEX PARK put up an improved performance when third over an extended 7f at Tipperary last month and he could be worth keeping onside while clearly heading in the right direction.
Creek Falcon is another heading the right way and the recent Down Royal third makes appeal on his handicap bow, with Engaged The Dance and July Revolution others with sound recent form claims.
Cork maiden winner BLUE BULLET acquitted himself really well when stepped into Listed company at Tipperary last month, finishing a three-length fourth of five to Parliament Square, and he should have learnt plenty from mixing it with rivals of that calibre.
This looks a good spot for him, reverting back to 6f, and he can reverse Tipperary form with Boston Rocker (second). The latter is entitled to run well again, with recent C&D winner Lightnin Hopkins another who surely has more to give.
A few in with chances here but a solid case can be made for the consistent NINGALOO REEF, who comes into this in splendid form following a 7f win and a C&D second here in his last two starts. Charismas Birthday continues to give her running and should do so again while San Jose City is much better than he showed here latest, as his previous Limerick second illustrates.
RED CALIMA receives plenty of weight from his elders and earns the vote having run out a most impressive winner over 2m4f at Wexford when last seen in June. The 4-y-o likes quick ground so the weather certainly needs monitoring when assessing his chance nearer post time but his claims looks rock solid as things stand.
Limerick scorer Wooly Tom is another who comes into this in winning form, although that success came over 2m, while Moscow Storm will need to improve again from his recent Roscommon success.
ANDALUCIA LADY displayed a really good attitude when landing the spoils over the trip at Roscommon last month and despite a 6lb rise in the weights, she will be expected to lay down another bold challenge.
Ballinrobe second Rare Symphony is up 4lb for that much improved effort while Nurse Ryan ran well enough on the Flat latest and her previous hurdles form reads well.
SADLER'S MARK appeared to have plenty in hand when winning at the Galway Festival last week and he should be able to follow up, despite having to shoulder a 5lb penalty incurred for that success.
Captain Joy is open to further progress after only four starts so far and the Dark Angel gelding ran really well to finish second in a Curragh handicap back in May. He is respected returning to the track, with Joe Eile entitled to run well again.
Slipper Orchid didn't appear to do a great deal wrong when a beaten favourite at the Curragh just over two weeks ago, beaten a head into third, and she should be opening her account before long, with similar comments applicable to Meldina and Harbour Side, the latter a promising sixth here on debut.
However, the most interesting of these is HASTEN, who is beautifully bred and wasn't disgraced when debuting in a Navan maiden won by stablemate Kissed last autumn. She seems sure to improve and will be worth keeping a close eye on in the betting ahead of her return.