We have a decent eight-race card at Naas to look forward to on Wednesday evening. The feature race on the card is the Listed Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Naas Oaks Trial. Dermot Weld and Aidan O’Brien have mopped up seven of the last nine renewals between them. Our Irish expert Adrian Wall has studied the card in depth and has come up with a tip for every race on the card.
Arewecrystalclear disappointed at Cork this month but showed enough in two starts prior to think she is up to the job. She was third behind Amalfi Coast in May and the fifth Impeachd Alexander has franked the form. Her sire loved fast ground so she could improve massively tackling a fast surface for the first time.
Wood Ranger was backed off the boards at Cork last month but never got into the race. He then went on to disappoint at Listowel but the former course and distance winner is worth another chance. His only win came here, albeit on heavy ground, but the first-time visor is applied and the handicapper is loosening his grip.
Glow Worm remains a maiden after 30 runs on the Flat so comes with obvious risks attached. However, the filly was sent off a well backed favourite when fourth of 30 runners at the Curragh last time. This looks like an easier assignment and she can race from the same mark so she should be in the thick of it again.
Top weight Maggie Thunder was last of 10 runners at Cork earlier this month but had been in terrific form at Dundalk on the all-weather previously. Maybe she is a better horse on the all-weather but she won at Dundalk off 66 in April and is now 3lb lower back on Turf. Obvious chance if she can translate that form to the grass.
A cracking renewal of the Oaks Trial and it can go the way of the Paddy Twomey-trained La Petite Coco, who bolted up on first start for the yard at Killarney last month after being well punted on. She should have no issues running on a sound surface for the first time as her sire Ruler Of The World won a Group 2 on good to firm.
Those in the field with experience don’t set that high a standard so a chance is taken on Eddie Lynam’s newcomer Andromedas Kingdom being good enough first time out. The Holy Roman Emperor filly’s dam stayed a mile and she should also have plenty of speed so if she enjoys the quick surface and is fit, she could be the surprise package.
Luke McAteer is one of the most promising riders in the country and he can guide Oneiroi to victory. The five-year-old gelding arrives here in great heart after placing in three fiercely competitive handicaps. This looks like his easiest assignment in a while and he still looks well treated off 72.
Arioch needs to bounce back from a shocking run at Listowel this month but a repeat of his prior third at Dundalk would put him right into the mix. The fourth that day Cousin Harry has won twice over hurdles since and the 10th All Class has landed two heavy gambles subsequently.