Naas, one of my favourite tracks, hosts a cracking card on Sunday that features the Group Two Beresford Stakes and it is well worth a visit.
With all the high-class horses in action, racegoers can also take advantage of the owners and trainers’ area, which offers a superb view of the finishing line.
Hopefully we will be cheering on some winners.
Navan’s offering on Saturday is also quite attractive and, while we are gearing up towards the jumpers, there is still plenty of Flat racing to look forward to.
However, those owners of horses waiting for soft ground for their Flat steeds are still having to be patient, with little rain forecast again this week.
Johnny Ward's Saturday tips:
Lapilli could be a seriously well-treated horse. After winning twice in England, he moved to Damian English, who managed to train him to finish fourth in a rock-solid sprint handicap at Dundalk in September 2017 off 87.
Remarkably, after just three subsequent runs in which he finished last for James McAuley, he debuted for Denis Hogan a year later running off 69.
He has not shaped badly at all since then and is now down to 59. He could be a proper plot at some stage, if Saturday is not the day so put him in your Racing UK tracker.
Talented Kid has been lightly raced in recent years but he was impressive over this course and distance earlier in his life and he remains nicely handicapped if he can bounce back to something like his best.
He looks liable to get a strong gallop to sit off here, and can come on markedly from his comeback run at Listowel. That was his first outing in the guts of a year and a half and one that was mildly encouraging.
Johnny Ward's Sunday tips:
Trethias was badly inconvenienced by the way the race was run when fourth at Leopardstown last time and she may be value here against Hermosa, who already looks like she wants farther.
Hermosa ran a blinder when third to Skitter Scatter in the Moyglare, but she again struggled to go the pace, and Trethias looks well-capable of getting her off the bridle. She has a good finishing kick too. This should be an intriguing race.
Amanaat is another of the James McAuley horses recently procured by Denis Hogan and he has run two very solid races since joining the yard.
Last time, well-backed, he was second to Only Spoofing, but he was slowly away and with blinkers on now, added to the weights revision, he can reverse that form and land this nice prize.
Also noted is Miss Power, an eye-catcher when 10th at the Curragh in a hot race behind her winning stablemate, Soffia.
Aidan O'Brien's Mount Everest, with Ryan Moore on board, is probably the horse to beat here but makes no appeal at the prices he has been put in at.
Preference is for one of his stablemates, Japan and Sovereign, and the former gets the nod at the prices.
He rarely looked like winning at Listowel, yet overcame considerable traffic problems to score; Listowel is a really hard place at which to win from behind, and clearly he is a decent prospect.
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