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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Chamrousse looks poised to shed maiden tag on Naas card

YOU NAME IT: Cracking Name is fancied at Naas this afternoon. Photo: racingpost.com
YOU NAME IT: Cracking Name is fancied at Naas this afternoon. Photo: racingpost.com

Naas Racecourse once again proves its popularity amongst trainers in Ireland and also highlights the need to serve lower grade horses, with strong fields declared for this afternoon extra meeting.

The two juvenile maidens on the card are likely to present the biggest talking points on the day as there is the potential for some nice horses to emerge, with the well-bred CHAMROUSSE (2.45) picked in the first of those.

Willie McCreery trains the well-bred daughter of Raven's Pass, who was never a factor on debut at Tipperary but should come on plenty for the race and will hopefully prove up to winning a maiden at this time of year.

Tough

She faces a tough task in taking on Ballydoyle newcomer San Andreas, who looks the preference of three runners in the race for Aidan O'Brien.

The half sister to Group One-winner Amadeus Wolf is given the nod.

O'Brien's EMINENCE (3.20) is the choice in the second maiden on the card.

The colt by Sea The Stars is likely to be a typical improver from Ballydoyle from his first start to his second and if showing that same leap from his first to his second run he'll surely be hard to beat.

I Am Superman is probably the biggest danger here as he was deemed good enough to leave in the Beresford Stakes at the weekend until the final declaration stage.

Trainer David Marnane has only had three Irish runners in the last three weeks but each of them came close to winning and the highly-regarded Tipperary trainer could saddle a double at Naas today.

Marnane sends out two in the Circle Bar Claiming Race with the selection going to the Billy Lee-ridden TENNESSEE WALTZ (3.50).

Tennessee Waltz is without a win yet this year but he has put forward some consistent efforts and shouldn't have issues with the ground or the trip.

Just over half an hour later CRACKING NAME (4.25) is picked to bounce back to winning ways in the first division of the Christmas Party Raceday At Naas Handicap.

Harm

She may have just found the ground a shade slow at Listowel and Oisin Orr's 3lbs claim won't do any harm either.

Michael Mulvany's PROVE THE POINT (5.00) may well win the second division of that race. A runner at Navan just three days ago, Prove The Point is up to winning another race in this bracket.

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