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Irish racing tips: Johnny Ward's best bets at Cork and Naas

By Johnny Ward
Sat 16 Oct 2021

The end of the Flat season is nigh and we start thinking more about the return of the best of the jumps horses for the months ahead.

Still, it has been a nice spell of weather in Ireland, and those who like a nice bit of ground will not be disappointed at Naas.

Gavin Cromwell has a scatter of good jumps prospects this season but he has shown he can scale the heights with young fillies, too.

I have three fancies in Ireland on Sunday - at Cork and Naas - live on Racing TV. Best of luck.

1.20 Cork: Mollys Glory

This filly disappointed at Gowran Park but she has strong bumper form and the step up in trip looks likely to suit.

Her run behind Ally Cay at Downpatrick in August, when she had to give her weight, now looks perfectly decent, and she's the type from a small stable the market tends to underestimate. She also jumps well, which is another positive.

2.15 Naas: Giselles Ausie

The market might be dominated by Lady Of Inishfree and Corporal Violette here, but there are doubts about both.

The form of Lady Of Inishfree's effort in a Listed contest at Leopardstown last time out is iffy for the standard of the race, and the form of Corporal Violette's debut run has worked out well, but this will be tough from stall 19.

The one to side with looks to be Australia-bred Giselles Ausie who bettered her maiden form when running well at the Curragh, where she travelled strongly, and she can only improve for the stiff seven furlongs.

From stall ten, she should be able to sit and get a nice position for a stable having a superb campaign with two-year-old fillies.

4.15 Cork: The West's Awake

John Ryan runs three here, while Bridge Native bids to defy a career-high mark.

The West's Awake was fourth in both the Galway Plate and Kerry National last season but he's versatile trip-wise and has only been sent off clear favourite once in his past 26 runs, so he often offers value, including when he readily scored at Kilbeggan in June over two and a half-miles.

With a bit of pace on, he should run a big race.

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