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

By Angus McNae
Sun 15 May 2022

Angus McNae tipped two winners from four selections last week and has another four fancies for Sundays' racing action.

It was good to get two winners in my Sunday tipping column last week and I’m hoping at least two of my selections for this weekend can do the business for us.

Killarney and Naas will both be shown live on Racing TV on Sunday, and I have two bets for each meeting. Best of luck.

2.30 Killarney: Marvel De Cerisy

This maiden hurdle ought to be within this horses grasp after he produced an improved performance last time out wearing a first-time tongue tie.

That run came at Naas where he made most of the running before being collared close home, and he pulled 13 lengths clear of the third, Brooklyn Glory, who won next time out at Leopardstown.

The selection is a front-runner and although in a big field here, he can dominate his rivals and get off the mark under rules at the fifth time of asking.

3.00 Killarney: Heia

Willie Mullins trains mares brilliantly and a big run can be expected from Heia in this Listed contest.

She will need to bounce back from a below-par effort last time out, but her previous run in a handicap gives her every chance here.

She was third off a mark of 123 in that Fairyhouse handicap where she travelled very strongly and may well have won had she not been forced wide throughout, giving away a lot of ground in the process.

She has only had five runs for Willie Mullins and the fact he is happy to pitch her in at Listed level is a tip in itself. I will be surprised if she doesn’t go close here.


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3.45 Naas: New York City

This Aidan O Brien-trained colt can complete a hat-trick here. He produced a career-best effort at this track last time out when winning a Listed contest by a length in a fast time.

His main dangers here finished behind him there and I see no reason why they will turn the form around. He has two entries at Royal Ascot and a win here could see him heading there, with the Commonwealth Cup the most likely target.

He looks to be a good bet here.

5.15 Naas: River Derwent

At around 7-1, this seven-year-old is worth chancing in this competitive handicap. His chance revolves around a very good effort when finishing second at the Curragh last time out, and a step up in trip to a mile.

That was his first run back after a seven-month absence and he earnt a good time-figure there, which makes him well treated off a rating of 83 here.

He was very strong at the line that day and a mile here is sure to suit him. Joseph O’Brien has his horses in good form, too, and River Derwent is worth siding with.

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