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The Denis Hogan-trained Lion Ring looks capable of scoring at this level on the back of a good run at the Curragh.
He was only just held close home that day in a competitive heat for the grade. The 3lbs rise isn’t insurmountable and his draw looks ideal for this track. There’s a lot deadwood in this race and it looks between a handful of the market leaders . He has been improving steadily after a break and he has only had three runs on turf this summer so should be a bit fresher than most. Denis Hogan has had his string in good form all year and all his horses ran well yesterday at the Curragh which strengthens the case for our selection.
4:30pm Naas – Lion Ring each-way 5 places @ 6/1 most firms (6 places available with Sky and bet365)
Our next bet comes in the more competitive-looking 1m2f handicap. The Natalia Lupini-trained Alma Libre deserves her turn of luck after being nailed on the line in the Apprentice derby at the Curragh in late June.
The first two pulled well clear of the field that day and she can be excused a lesser effort last time at Galway as the ground was on the soft side for her. She has the stamina to get up the testing hill at Naas and she might just skip clear here and be gone. Danny Gilligan is a young jockey going places and he is definitely an asset to her chances.
5:30pm Naas – Alma Libre each-way 5 places @ 15/2 most firms
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