Meeting Review: Naas – Saturday, April 20th
The pace here looked very strong for an ordinary maiden; time much the fastest over the trip on the day, spread out from an early stage and many well off it turning out of the back. Pay The Kitten put up a likeable show, finding plenty in the manner of one that will improve for further; on breeding fast ground will suit. Hold The Line is a different proposition this season after moving to Shanahan; briefly held head off to side when asked to challenge but ran all the way to the line, pulling clear with winner and can win a maiden.
King Of The Romans cut out the running and went hard but found little when asked; maybe 6/7f will suit but might be empty type. There was money for Shouranour and he’s an obvious ‘notebook’ horse given connections but at best he ran to 70 and was well-beaten. Zadawan was clueless on debut, never travelling and it was the same here. There might be something for Harbin down the line; his breeding, price-tag and owners are all interesting given the trainer.
Talitha Kum has got the absolute run of this from the front, it was a crawl with a number keen early; flattered in a big way. Fortify found less than nothing, high HC as had been at Cork LTO and one to be against. Manning was poor on Caesaria considering he went forward on him LTO and should have been wiser to the possible slow pace; even so, he showed little considering he had the run and was in form. Not so the last and second last; Mouteab was never going to be suited by the slow pace (likely to improve for up in trip/stronger pace) and Smullen was negative on him considering he had been ridden quite prominently last year; certainly he got no great assistance from the saddle and the blinkers he won in last year were left off; he was keen too. Hard Core Debt was better than the form; very keen but moved up into race from 2f out looking a big danger before lack of run told; trainer has said his horses are behind this week and running as such; he might do something later on.
Confident Cub might be best on turf; goes well on soft at least. Stoichkhov was a touch unlucky here; lost position after turning into the straight but ran on well in the finish; this ground wouldn’t have looked ideal beforehand but there’s ability there and he’s found consistency for the move in yards. King’s Wharf is not without ability having won twice over hurdles; this wasn’t a bad run. There was shuffling for Big Bad Billy Bob off the turn and he came home well but HC isn’t great and he’s a serial loser. Poor run from Smoke Charger for all that he wasn’t best positioned; no promise despite drop in class. Gold Tantrum would prefer a drop in trip on this evidence (mark looks high enough) while Jennys Lane was a horrible ride, looked rotten.
There can hardly be a more likeable horse in training than Maarek; being a contrary sort, I wouldn’t absolutely rule out him going on good ground and he could be a touch underbet on it should he be given his chance despite his trainer’s utterances on the subject. Hell of a run from Scream Blue Murder off the back of a maiden win at Bellewstown; she’d be more entitled than most to improve for it as it was her first start since April and was third string. Doc Hay travelled as well as any in rear but may not be back in Ireland for a while; this should bring him on. The HC on Leitir Mor isn’t great while things were going badly for Cape Of Approval from the start; squeezed out from stalls and not run to form. My Girl Anna didn’t travel like she can, one of first off it, while Nero Emperor looks an empty sort; bags of toe but possibly doesn’t get the trip.
Allegra Tak isn’t the easiest to predict but does go well here, 3 from 5 at the track. Definite promise from Theyturnedmedown on return from 2lbs out of the handicap; he finished last term off poorly having looked good on previous starts but this suggests can win off this mark and is a pointer to Ningaloo Reef who ran with promise last weekend. A faster surface would suit Arbitrageur better while An Saighduir is likely handicapped to the hilt; Flic Flac is always one to take on for win purposes. Bird’s Eye View doesn’t look well-treated on this evidence and carries its head high while Kateeva lost any chance at the start when rearing.
This Damian English lad can train a bit and has done some job with Cash Or Casualty; if I had a middling handicapper to go into training right now he’d be near top of the list. Ondeafears wasn’t helped by Seanie messing around in the early stages (running around) but has gone like one that would like further here; seemingly unable to go the pace early, off it before most, needing to be switched and coming home well; might be worth a try over a mile. Star Links is in good heart while Imaginationrunwild travelled well (not like the same yard’s Hard Core Debt earlier on the card) in the manner of one that would improve for the run; jockey looked around 2f out like he had plenty under him but not pick up and mark has dropped. Qasser is not well-treated off 81 and has shown temperament while Gunner Lindley finds 7f too sharp and is harshly handicapped. Seanie was having a prep run for the Victoria Cup and went as such, not given a hard time while Hurricane Twister showed nothing on conditions that suit.
Poor race and it was slowly-run, the first three up there throughout. Suspect the first and third are dodges, the winner the lesser as ‘only’ hung LTO while Lake District looked very bad previously. Montferrat was keen and might be more of a sprinter but on the whole hard to like any of these.