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Horse racing tips: Angus McNae's best bets for Naas on Sunday

By Angus McNae
Sat 15 May 2021

It was good to get another three winners - from four selections - in my Sunday column again last week, and hopefully I can keep up the good work with five selections at Naas tomorrow.

Every race from the Irish venue will be shown live on Racing TV, with the Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies Sprint Stakes taking centre stage.

2.40 Naas: El Padre at a general 11-2

This horse has only had five career starts, two of which have been in handicaps and although he has not won a race yet, he is unexposed and potentially well-treated over this trip.

On both handicap starts over seven furlongs, he looked to be crying out for a step up in trip to a mile and now, having been dropped two pounds since his last run to a mark of 73, he runs over what I think is his ideal distance.

He is also reunited with Seamie Heffernan who finished third on him two starts ago at Cork and he looks to have been found a good opportunity to get off the mark. He is trading around the 11/2 mark which seems very fair given that he could be well handicapped.

3.10 Naas: Cadamosto at a general 1-2

He will be a short price after his Dundalk demolition on debut, but he is hard to avoid in this field.

In that Dundalk contest, he showed bags of speed, cruising in the lead before sprinting clear to win in a fast time.

His debut Timeform speed figure of a raw 92 marks him out to be a potential pattern performer, and therefore this race should be no more than a strong piece of work for him.

He meets Silver Surfer on 3lb worse terms, and that rival is progressing, but Cadamosto beat him comfortably at Dundalk and I expect the same to happen here.

4.10 Naas: Contarelli Chapel at a general 2-5

If Cadamosto wins as I think he will, this Caravaggio filly can provide Aidan O'Brien with a double.

Her debut win was very similar in terms of figures to Cadamosto, but for the fact that she looked like she had even more potential.

That win came over six furlongs at this track, and she surged clear of her rivals having travelled powerfully throughout. It is no surprise that her trainer has thrown her into Group Three company straight away.

Her main rival is Freedom of Speech whom she beat on debut and that filly has gone on to win since, but its very hard to see her turning the form around with this very fast filly.

A win here and a trip to Ascot for the Queen Mary may well be on the cards.

4.40 Naas: Magnanimous at a general 10-1

At 8-1, this horse is definitely worth supporting. The case for him is based on him dropping back to a stiff six furlongs.

On his seasonal reappearance, he was only beaten four lengths into sixth behind the subsequent 2000 Guineas winner Poetic Flare over seven furlongs.

His last start though is the one that convinces me that he is a sprinter. Over seven furlongs at the Curragh in Listed company, he travelled very strongly and at the two-furlong pole, he was cantering over his rivals only to be run out of it late on by the useful Lunar Space.

He travelled so strongly there that when he crossed the line, I was convinced that a drop to sprinting was what he needed.

This race looks to be ideal as there is enough pace on and as long as he is ridden patiently, it may well be this trip that brings out a chunk of improvement on his already useful form.

5.10 Naas: Njord at a general 5-2

At around 5-2, I am keen on Njord to get back to winning ways.

I tipped him in this column on his seasonal reappearance at Naas, but the combination of needing the run and the trip of ten furlongs caught him out.

He now returns to his ideal trip of a mile and will clearly strip fitter.

On his final start last year, he won the Balmoral Handicap in a lightening-quick time beating Solid Stone, who won a Listed race at Windsor on Monday.

A little bit of ease in the ground is ideal and it should be noted that last season he was well beaten on his seasonal reappearance before winning next time out. The same pattern will hopefully follow on Sunday.

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