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Naas preview

Updated: Tuesday, 09 Jul 2013 15:12 | Comments

The parade ring at Naas
The parade ring at Naas

The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden for colts and geldings gets action at Naas under way at 6.00, and though not big on quantity, there are a couple of potentially decent runners in the quartet.

Taanif was beaten a fair way behind War Command at Leopardstown two starts ago, but the winner has since franked the form in some style at Royal Ascot.

A stablemate of War Command could be the answer, though, as Oklahoma City stayed on well from an impossible position on his debut and Aidan O'Brien has reached for the visor to pep him up.

O'Brien has opted for headgear for Minorette too as she makes her debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

The half-sister to UAE Derby winner Master Of Hounds will have to be in top form, though, as Mahon Falls and Touch Of Snow have the edge in terms of experience.

O'Brien also has top-weight Rain God in the Hospitality Bookings On Line Handicap and he should relish this mile trip after staying on well to score over a furlong shorter last time.

A 5lb penalty may not be enough to stop him, but Ballinrobe winner Daymooma and the consistent Connacht Council could be big threats.

Pastiches was third behind Daymooma at Ballinrobe, so a good run from her could enhance the claims of Mick Halford's filly in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden for three-year-olds and up.

Violet Hour progressed from her first run to her second for Dermot Weld and is a danger, as is prolific placegetter Mischief N Mayhem.

South Ring and Boughtforasong bid to go one better than their respective last-start seconds in the Final BBQ Evening At Naas 24th July Handicap, while The Vatican gives O'Brien another strong shout for a winner in the Tipper Road Race.

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