Sunday is a unique day for Naas racecourse as the track hosts the opening fixture of the Flat season for the first time. The highlight of the day is the Tote Ireland Lincolnshire which is run over 1m. It’s a race that always attracts a big field and this year is no different, with 22 runners declared. Trends for this race will go out the window as the race is being run on a right-handed track for the first time – all previous races were held at the Curragh.
It could be worth siding with Aussie Valentine in this race. Runner up for the last two years, he will be hoping to one better this year and take first place. Aussie Valentine acts on soft ground and a fourth place finish at Dundalk last month should have him spot on for this valuable big field handicap. Canary Row is reportedly working well at home and he should also appreciate the underfoot conditions. Having won over 8 furlongs, he will have no problem seeing out the trip on Sunday and he looks capable of a bold showing.
In addition to the Lincolnshire, the preceding race on the card looks to be one of high quality. A Group 3, also run over 1m, sees a field of 12 line up. Somehow, rated 114, looks to be the best horse in the field and she represents trainer Aidan O’ Brien. While this trip looks on the short side, class should see her take this race. Mick Channon comes from England to race Czabo in this, and a fourth place finish in the Irish 1000 Guineas sees her hold solid place claims.
As a venue, Naas is a more than suitable replacement for the Curragh and Sunday promises to be a day of great action and excitement as the flag drops on another Flat racing season.
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