Sunday 21st October 2018
Naas – (3.45) (Listed) (1m)
As ever on Sunday there’s a fine Irish card to get stuck into and this week’s edition comes from Naas and in particular the 3.45 which is a Listed affair for Fillies & Mares that’s contested over a mile. Currently heading affairs as a very solid favourite comes Making Light (7/4) for Dermot Weld who wasn’t seen to best effect last time when well fancied in Group 2 company. The ground wasn’t too her liking though that day and if she returns to the form of her penultimate start when winning in Listed company at Cork she comes here with a huge chance. Declan McDonogh takes the ride. It will come as no surprise that Aidan O’Brien is represented by several contenders here and these come in the form of Snowflakes (5/1), Could It Be Love (9/1), Most Gifted (10/1) and Sarrochi (11/1). All come here with decent chances and Snowflakes sits the most prominent in the market, the sister of the very smart Winter was last seen when winning in Maiden company but she’s sure to take a sizable step up here under Donnacha. Paddy Prendergast sends the unexposed Moteo (7/1) here to take her chance, a well bred sort who won well on debut and then stepped up again to finish third in Listed company the last day. There could well be more to come from her here.
One who’s looking more on the exposed side is Espere (9/1) for Ger Lyons, a smart performer on her day but has found Group 3 company a bit too hot to handle in her last couple of starts. She did perform better in the latest effort though and this slight ease in Grade could well help. Shekiba (14/1) was a smart juvenile but got off to a sub standard start to this campaign when finishing down the field in Group 3 company in May. She returned earlier this month though with a fine fourth placed effort behind Moteo in Listed company and she could well build on that here. Joseph O’Briens charge Damselfly (20/1) will need to step up on current efforts this term and the same can be said for the Johnny Murtagh trained Beach Wedding (14/1).
🥇1st: Making Light
SHEKIBA (14/1) (E/W)
(Not sure she’s quite good enough to win this as I think the market leader will be tough to beat, but if stepping up from a fine effort last time there’s no saying she can’t sneak into the placings at a big price when some firms have enhanced places.)