5 to thrive at Naas Sunday


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The flat season is back after Paddy Power Irish Lincoln day at the Curragh on Saturday and hopefully RADIYKA can strike in the inaugural 6-stadium debut at Naas on Sunday. The daughter of Lope De Vega edged out Past Time in Galway last summer and her second-place debut behind Juncture also worked out well. The Ger Lyons-trained winner finished second in the Silver Flash Stakes before winning a Listed event on his return to Dundalk earlier this month.

The Aga Khan-owned filly was not disgraced when she battled to finish sixth in her final race of her juvenile season at Leopardstown last October, and the drop in the trip appears to be a positive move by Dermot Weld. Elsewhere, Rosslare Strand looks a big danger for Henry De Bromhead after a fine third in Pennine Hills at Fairyhouse, while Witch Of The Wood should improve for the Fozzy Stack team.


VIVAIA should provide value for Team Rosewell on their 5 furlong handicap debut in our third race at Naas this Sunday afternoon. The Kodiac daughter showed promise when she made her fifth-place debut here last June, a race that has subsequently worked very well throughout the season. Scared Bridge picked up three more victories for Ger Lyons, including success in the Round Tower Stakes, while his second home, Agartha won the Debutante Stakes before finishing runners-up to Moyglare last September.

Vivaia disappointed on softer ground over 7 furlongs last October at HQ and an opening handicap rating of 69 looks attractive now to get back to that minimum travel. I think she will enjoy going down 5 furlongs with the drying ground also playing in her hands with Chris Hayes in the saddle. Pandemic Princess is ultra-consistent for Richard O’Brien and on form from his recent Dundalk debut, while Super Cub debut for Denis Hogan looks intriguing with Juno Beach another for the shortlist.

This First Handicap could be an early season battle between Colin Keane and Ryan Moore with Markaz Paname and WESTERN COAST the most likely winners for me. Markaz Paname was well supported and picked up an impressive winner on his Cork debut last September before completing a creditable third in the Dundalk listed company in October. However, the girl trained by Aidan O’Brien of Dark Angel has the opportunity to improve further and become a listed performer, if not of the group, this season, in my opinion.

West Coast improved for his first two starts of last season at Punchestown and Dundalk and there was a lot to like about his winning performance at Leopardstown in October. She dominated from the front in comfortable fashion and went off to the line to suggest she would still improve at the age of three. It looks like a good opportunity to assess its ability to go forward ahead of a possible tilt in a classic trial next month. Cowboy Justice using a tie for the first time and Gaire Os Ard look at the obvious dangers to challenge for a spot.

PATRICK SARSFIELD starts this season a little earlier than his previous two with the Joseph O’Brien runner scoring on his seasonal debut in June 2020 and finishing second on his debut also in June last year. The Australian son is in fine form and the drying pitch conditions should help his chances with Declan McDonagh back in the saddle. His previous runs behind Barney Roy and St. Mark’s Basilica in recent seasons stand out and he’s worth another shot against these rivals.

The ground was completely against him when he finished behind Jason The Militant here last October, with Henry De Bromhead’s dual performer looking to prefer much softer ground conditions. License looks the dark horse for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane after their eye-catching win at Gowran Park last summer. Frankel’s son hasn’t been seen since but looks the type to secure some great runs for the Glenburnie side this season at the stakes.



TUESDAY was unlucky to come up against a smart filly on her Curragh debut last June, with Discoveries subsequently improving form successfully at Moyglare last September. Aidan O’Brien’s filly is bred in the violet, by Galileo and Lillie Langtry, making her a full sister to the wonderful Minding. The Ballydoyle team have won this young girl’s two previous renewals and succeeded last year with Empress Josephine who went on to claim classic glory in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

Tuesday will be a price short under Ryan Moore but stands out as the best bet on the card with the extra furlong looking positive. Let’s hope another filly trained by Jessica Harrington won’t stop her maiden here on Tuesday, but Verlinga, a daughter of Dubawi and Group 2 winner Bocca Baciata looks obvious danger on her debut, while Esculenta , Georgeta and Ezine watch others challenge for places.

Naas tips today

13:30 Radiyka
14:40 Vivaia
3:50 p.m. West Coast (NB)
16:25 Patrick Sarsfield
5:00 p.m. Tuesday (NAP)

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