• Naas - Wednesday

    Nap of the day – Elizabeth Browning (7.50)

    5.50 – Butterscotch - House Of Finance Supporting Kildare Chamber Irish EBF Fillies Maiden – Win

    Butterscotch only just lost out over this distance at Fairyhouse 12 days ago and her experience should see her home in front. She ran a big race on her debut at the Curragh at the end of last month and looked to have improved when second to Sometimesadiamond. Dawn Hoofer represents a stable in form and she should go well at the first time of asking while Grace Rafaela, Lustful and Mojambo must be noted as the betting markets take shape. Ballet Shoes and Broadway are stable companions of the selection and they might just need this. 

    Exacta – 3-4 (Butterscotch/Dawn Hoofer) Trifecta – 3-4-5 (Butterscotch/Dawn Hoofer/Grace Rafaela)

    6.20 – Polly Douglas - Naas Parish Handicap – Each/Way 

    Polly Douglas was up to making a winning return at Ayr and can follow up. She was running for the first time since November of last year when successful in good style at the end of last month. It was by far her best performance and hopefully there is more to come. Blue Bounty saw off this evening’s rival Hatton Cross to win at Cork in the middle of last month and while he didn’t run to the same form over a shorter trip at Navan last time, he certainly enters calculations. Hatton Cross did a little better at the next time of asking when fifth in a far better race than this at Limerick and won’t be far away. Aspen Belle drops back in trip and might be a player if the rain arrives while Milo’s Lass is another to consider as she is entitled to improve from her seasonal reappearance at Fairyhouse earlier in the month. 

    Exacta – 8-1 (Polly Douglas/Hatton Cross) Trifecta – 8-1-11 (Polly Douglas/Hatton Cross/Blue Bounty) 

    6.50 – Youlong Xionghu - Sallins Parish Maiden – Win 

    Youlong Xionghu went close at the first time of asking and looks the one to beat. He got to within half-a-length of the 91-rated True Valour over this distance at Limerick in the middle of April and that form has been well franked since. Conversely is more experienced but she is rated 78 after three runs and will surely need to improve. Bay Of Skaill is up in trip for her third start and while she should go well, the newcomer Partyman might have more to offer. 

    Exacta – 6-10 (Youlong Xionghu/Conversely) Trifecta – 6-10-4 (Youlong Xionghu/Conversely/Partyman) 

    7.20 – The Mcgregornator - Denis Byrne Memorial Apprentice Handicap – Win 

    The Mcgregornator rarely runs a bad race and should go close. Any rain that might fall would be in his favour and he can build on fair recent efforts over a shorter trip at Ayr. Nothing To Lose went up 14lbs for his win over six furlongs at Fairyhouse but that was his first run in a handicap and he might be open to more improvement. Melisandre was soundly beaten on his handicap debut at Dundalk in May but he might do better now and another certainly worthy of consideration is I Will Excel. 

    Exacta – 8-10 (The Mcgregornator/Nothing To Lose) Trifecta – 8-10-6 (The Mcgregornator/Nothing To Lose/I Will Excel) 

    7.50 – Elizabeth Browning - Listed Queally Group Naas Irish EBF Naas Oaks Trial – Each/Way 

    Elizabeth Browning should go well in a wide open contest. She had a busy juvenile career but has done well on each of her four starts this season and will certainly be suited by the step back up in trip. The weather forecast is also in her favour and she might just put it up to her higher-rated stable companion Butterflies which drops back in trip after just losing out to Santa Monica in a Group 3 event at Cork. She had another of this evening’s Ballydoyle runners Key To My Heart well behind her that day and bigger danger to the selection might come from the Leopardstown maiden winner Petticoat and the Curragh maiden scorer Bloomfield. 

    Exacta – 5-4 (Elizabeth Browning/Butterflies) Trifecta – 5-4-11 (Elizabeth Browning/Butterflies/Petticoat) 

    8.20 – Pirolo - Two-Mile-house Parish Handicap – Win  

    Pirolo was well beaten over a much longer trip than this at Leopardstown last week but did far better at Down Royal on Saturday and is the one to beat. He didn’t get the clearest of runs on his most recent start but saw out the race well as he went down narrowly to the well fancied Missguided. With better luck he might have the winning of this and is chosen ahead of Reinas Queen which beat Claregate Street to win over this course and distance last week. The latter missed an engagement at Ballinrobe last night as did Misty Mountain which finished a close second to the in-form Queluz at Cork ten days ago. Sharp Operator was running for the first time since December when fourth at Gowran Park last month and might do better now. 

    Exacta – 2-4 (Pirolo/Reinas Queen) Trifecta – 2-4-10 (Pirolo/Reinas Queen/Claregate Street) 

    8.50 – Belle Boyd - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden – Each/Way 

    Belle Boyd has done well enough in two starts and won’t be far away. She was a good third behind Venezuela and Moritzburg on her debut at Cork last month and then chased home tonight’s Listed race contender Petticoat at Leopardstown two weeks ago. She looks to hold both Dilum and Kamili on her most recent start. Pocketfullofdreams took second place in a listed event at Lingfield in May and finished a moderate seventh in the Oaks at Epsom subsequently. She disappointed when tried again just eight days later at the Curragh but should do better now. Newcomers will definitely play their part and serious consideration must also be given to Goldrush, Alahida and Dayereh. 

    Exacta – 4-14 (Belle Boyd/Pocketfullofdreams) Trifecta - 4-14-8 (Belle Boyd/Pocketfullofdreams/Goldrush)