Naas Racecourse is located in County Kildare, 20 miles from Dublin. It has a dual purpose racecourse, hosting 15 meetings across both codes, and has had a Grade 1 event since 2015 – the Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle.
Naas Betting Tips
The jump course is a left-handed circuit of a mile and a half. It’s effectively a triangle shape, with two long bends and a number of smaller ones. It’s a galloping track with a stiff uphill finish, making it of interest for finding Irish form lines for the Cheltenham Festival. The 4 furlong home straight and 1 furlong run in are also similar in a number of respects. Ground can be heavy here, and the fences are on the stiffer side.
A similar layout to the jump course, it has had an unfair reputation as a “Punter’s Graveyard”, which isn’t born out by the statistics. There are straight 5 and 6 furlong races, while the 7 furlong and 1 mile tracks have a single left-handed bend. Runners tend to come towards the stand rail when the ground gets softer, and the track has the same stiff uphill finish which can often find out horses who are short on stamina.
Naas Draw Bias
Over all distances, the draw bias appears to be against middle drawn runners – it is better to be drawn high or low at Naas races. This is likely due to the influence of the rail since the stands side is used when the ground is soft, and the opposite for when the ground is better. This is applicable to races from 6 furlongs through to a mile, whereas the longer races (1 mile 2 furlongs and 1 mile 4 furlongs) give the runners enough time to find a position.
Naas Betting Trends
Willie Mullins has an excellent strike rate at every Irish track, and Naas is no difference. His 30 winners from 95 runners in the last five seasons have provided a level stakes profit of +£12 – the only big name trainer in profit in that period. Interestingly, Ruby Walsh has a similar strike rate from fewer rides, but a level stakes loss of -£15. This suggests that Willie Mullins has had some big price outsiders with other jockeys booked; this will be worth looking for in the Naas betting markets.
On the flat course, Colin Keane has the most eye catching betting statistics at Naas racecourse with an impressive +£69 to level stakes profit. His 29 winners from 130 rides over the last five seasons give him a 22% strike rate, significantly higher than Pat Smullen’s 14%. The track is often targeted by big name owners, with a total of 146 horses running in Mrs J Bolger’s purple and white silks. Just nine of these have won though for a 6% strike rate and a +£103 level stakes profit. In contrast, Godolphin have had 11 winners from just 45 runners for an impressive strike rate of 24% and a level stakes Return On Investment of 29%.
Naas Feature Races
- Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) (2m 4f)
- Woodlands Park 100 Club Novice Chase (Grade 2) (3m)
- Limestone Lad Hurdle (Grade 3) (2m 3f)
- Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase (Grade 3) (2m 4f)
- Kingsfurze Novice Hurdle (Listed) (2m)
- Woodlands Stakes (Listed) (5f)
- Blue Wind Stakes (Group 3) (1m 2f)
- Lacken Stakes (Group 3) (6f)
- Naas Oaks Trial (Listed) (1m 2f)
- Owenstown Stud Stakes (Listed) (7f)
- Yeomanstown Stud Dark Angel Stakes (Listed) (6f)
- Bluebell Stakes (Listed) (1m 4f)
- Garnet Stakes (Listed) (1m)
- Fishery Lane Hurdle (Grade 3) (2m)
- Poplar Square Chase (Grade 3) (2m)