Horse Racing Tips | Bacardys Chase Debut for Mullins

15:30 Naas 

Paddy Power Fast & Convenient Phone Betting Beginners Chase (Class 1) (4YO plus)

The main race for interest on Saturday is the Paddy Power Fast & Convenient Phone Betting Beginners Chase and we will be treated to a debut over the bigger obstacles for Bacardys.

With a terrific record in top bumper including 3rd i the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham followed by a win at Aintree and another place finish in Punchestown, much was expected of Bacardys when making his hurdling debut in November last year, sent off at odds of 1/3 he fell and we had to wait until the Christmas meeting at Leopardstown when, again odds on, he justified the expectancy by beating 10 rivals. Another win at the same course was the prelude to much expectation for Neptune at the Cheltenham festival, but severely affected by a faller he pulled up. A month later and not especially fancied at Punchestown, he defied the doubters by beating Finians Oscar at 10/1 to win the Champions Novice Hurdle.

It is expected that he will be one of the best Novice chasers in Ireland this season and is taken to open his account here.

He is not alone in the class ranks however, and this will be no walk in the park. De Plotting Shed has good form and has the experience of a run over the bigger obstacles when runner-up at Galway. As always we can expect more from an Elliot runner with a recent mile or two under the belt. Jett is another who showed some good form last season, Wilie Mullins will have some idea of whats required as he ran Yorkhill close in January. Snow Falcon meanwhile has been tuned up on the flat and has potential over fences too.

It is with Willie Mullins and Bacardys, we will side though. A good outing here and we may not get this price again either in Ireland or the UK this season


12:05 Naas 

Irish Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle (4YO plus)

Noel Meade Saddles RED JACK with some good looking bumper wins in the bag, he looks the pick of the crop of those with form. Lots of Each Way options but nothing to convince. If a bet had to be struck it would be the favourite. The alternative would probably come in the form of JUDGEMENT DAY from Henry de Bromhead. Certainly if looking at place betting only. Three consecutive runner-up finishes does give some concern as to whether this one wants to lead at the line

13:10 Naas 

Fishery Lane Hurdle (Grade 3) (Class 1) (4YO only)

Fourth in the Triumph Hurdle EX PATRIOT can justify favouritism in what looks a tight market at this stage. Good positions in some great races including behind Jezki last time bodes well, and is probably more fairly prices than the Willie Mullins Meri Devie, she does get an allowance but may be underpriced on what she has shown with form in a line with the selection.

13:45 Naas 

Hospitality At Naas Maiden Hurdle (Class 1) (5YO plus)

This maiden hurdle will be popular with Willie Mullins fans, and NEXT DESTINATION is most likely to be sent off favourite against De BroMheads Paloma Blue, but at a price look out for Noel Meade's LAVERTEEN who was running on last time at Galway and still has potential to drop the maiden tag at double-figure odds as I write.

14:55 Naas 

Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Brown Lad Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (Class 1) (4YO plus)

In a big field with a wide-open market we have an opportunity to play a pair at prices here. Firstly KYLECRUE has an opportunity to follow up on a win at Galway 9 days agao where PROSPECTUS by a length and a half. The pair clash again and could fight it out between them once again. The step up in trip can suit both and I think we will have an interesting finish

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