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Dropping in class and suited by race conditions, Snapraeterea should take plenty of beating in the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race Final in Naas tomorrow.
Joseph O’Brien will saddle a quarter of the 16-strong field, chasing a winner’s prize of €70,800. And Shane Crosse’s mount Snapraeterea, rated 103, sets the standard.
Successful at Roscommon in July, when making all to beat subsequent Group 3 winner Elysium, Snapraeterea has been highly-tried and performing creditably in recent starts.
The Buratino colt finished fourth to MacSwiney in the Group 2 Futurity at the Curragh on his first excursion in stakes company. And he followed that by finishing sixth to Cadillac in a Group 2 at Leopardstown, when he raced keenly and dropped away.
Last time, again in Group 2, he dictated the pace, was headed at the furlong-pole and finished fourth, beaten less than four lengths, behind the smart High Definition in the Beresford at the Curragh.
In calmer waters tomorrow, Snapraeterea is the highest-rated contender and meets chief rival and stable-companion Vafortino on favourable terms.
Of the others, the Ger Lyons-trained Ecliptical, whose Bellewstown form has been well-advertised by the third, A Case Of You, is unexposed and a danger to all.
The Dermot Weld-trained Etneya appeals in the listed Irish Stallion Farms Garnet Stakes.
A smooth traveller when scoring on her debut at the Curragh in July, beating four subsequent winners, then finished fifth to Royal Dornoch in the Group 3 Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown.
And, back against her own sex last time, in the Group 3 Cordell-Lavarack at Gowran Park, she went down by a neck to Epona Plays when the two principals stretched five lengths clear of the rest.
The Aga Khan-owned filly should be capable of success at listed level. And this looks a good opportunity for her.
A revelation in recent outings on the flat, Jessica Harrington’s Barrington Court looks the one to beat in the other listed race on the card, the Bluebell Stakes.
Winner of a bumper and two hurdles, this mare impressed when winning a flat maiden in Bellewstown before running a cracker against subsequent Group 1 winner Prix du Cadran winner Princess Zoe in the listed Oyster Stakes in Galway.
The selection stepped-up to two miles for the recent Loughbrown at the Curragh and ran another solid race to finish second to three-year-old Dawn Patrol.
Dropping back in trip, the J P McManus-owned mare holds Mighty Blue on Loughbrown form and might prove too strong for the 10 three-year-olds in the field.
Disappointing when third to Saltonstall, after a tardy start, in Limerick last time, Joseph O’Brien’s unexposed four-year-old Dance Jupiter is given another chance to shine in the Naas Racecourse Handicap.
The 95-rated top-weight will have Dylan Browne McMonagle on board this time. And, if ridden more prominently, he might recoup losses.
Whatsyourstatus should be tough to beat
Back over hurdles and racing off an apparently workable mark, the Gearoid O’Loughlin-trained Whatsyourstatus should be tough to beat in the three-mile Thank You To The Frontline Workers Handicap Hurdle in Cork.
Placed four times from eight outings over hurdles, this seven-year-old has proven himself in excellent fettle over fences in recent weeks, opening his account at the second attempt at Tramore last month slamming subsequent winner Champagne Beauty by 14 lengths.
Last time, the Ask gelding contested a rated novice in Clonmel and performed creditably in filling the runner-up berth, beaten three and a quarter lengths, behind Aforementioned.
The winner went on to land the Munster National in Limerick last Sunday – stressing the merit of the selection’s effort in Clonmel.
Currently rated 121 over fences, Whatsyourstatus runs off a hurdle mark of 102 with in-form Sean Flanagan on board. And he must have an outstanding chance.
Another fancy racing off an attractive hurdle mark is Smithscorner in the Mallow Handicap Hurdle.
Fourth to Whereyounow over flights in Listowel, he’s 27lb lower in this discipline and has obvious claims here.
The class act on the card is Gordon Elliott’s five-year-old Coko Beach, making his chasing debut in the Irish Stallion Farms Beginners Chase.
This fellow’s hurdle form includes a second to Band Of Outlaws in the Boodles at Cheltenham last year. And he was last seen, running off a mark of 145 and finishing ninth to Duke De Compaigne in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham in March.
Expected to prove even better over fences, Coko Beach appears to have a straightforward task here – if he jumps adequately.
Naas betting tips
1.25 Yulong De Legend
1.55 Colfer Kay
2.30 Wood Ranger
3.05 Snapraeterea (Nap)
4.15 Barrington Court
4.50 Dance Jupiter
1.25 Power Under Me
2.30 Dreams Delivered
3.40 Simply A Breeze
4.15 Mighty Blue
5.20 Poster Child
Double: Snapraeterea and Etneya.
O’Hehir’s Longshot: Lugnaquilla (3.40.)
Cork betting tips
2.07.Streets Of Doyen
2.07.West Cork Wildway
5.30.On Eagles Wings
Double: Whatsyourstatus and Coko Beach.
O’Hehir’s Longshot: The Diary Keeper (3.52.)