Another dull UK Sunday has us reaching for the quality Irish action at lovely Naas. The Kildare track serves up a great Sunday roast in the panoramic restaurant, and offers a cracking spread on the racetrack too.
We’ll be keeping things short and sweet in two of the day’s big sprints.
For all that English raiders have enjoyed success at sprints in Ireland of late, we can’t help but see hot favourite Quiet Reflection (1600 BST) as one to take on.
On last year’s form she’s a cert, but one run as a 4yo when 10th of 12 in May suggests she may not be at that level.
Downforce would be the one if there’s a downpour, but with it set fair we prefer an Aidan O’Brien option.
Ryan Moore rides Alphabet, but we prefer Cougar Mountain. Campaigned at longer trips his whole career, the step back to 6f two runs ago has seen a couple of interesting efforts. A close second to Washington DC, and then a creditable sixth in the Haydock Group 1 last time both entitle him to go close here.
With doubts abounding on the others, he looks nicely overpriced.
In the following 5f handicap Monsieur Joe represents the English form that has swept the boards of late in Ireland. At 10 years old though he looks to lack progression.
Local sprinter Tithonus has been consistent all season. He showed in a very good foray to York that he can mix it with the English form, and his fourth last time at the Curragh is as good as any form on show here.
He could be vulnerable to a big improver, but none of these really fit that mound, and the trainer has reached for a claiming apprentice to eek out those last few pounds needed to defy the handicapper one more time.
Cougar Mountain, (1600 Naas), 1pt win, 12/1 Coral
Tithonus, (1630 Naas), 1pt win, 5/1 generally available
Cougar Mountain & Tithonus, 0.5pt each way double, approx 71/1
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