Naas May 11th
We have 3 going to Naas tomorrow and we’re on the straight course for all 3. I have been critical of the draw bias that has been obvious on the straight track since the opening meet of the year. I believe this goes back to August ’18 in fact but I’m open to correction. After the last meet I tweeted something to the effect that turning up in double figure stalls was a waste of time. It was, whether it still is depends on what racecourse management have done to address it. I spoke to Tom Ryan, the racecourse manager, Wednesday and he assured me that they have been aware of the bias and have thoroughly investigated distances etc. They have examined the course using a penetrometer( a going stick I think) and the stalls are to be positioned further stands side.  Let’s see. May Remain goes in the 5f Sprint Handicap. This is his trip and this is his grade. His runs thus far just aren’t quite good enough. He needs to come up a level, get up to a proper level of fitness and find that zone that will get him winning. He’s working hard at home, running regularly and should get there. Sooner rather than later, one hopes. Barend Boy is in a lovely race. There has been no 3yo only 6f hcap for him on turf yet this year and his first one is an ultra competitive 50k heat. He’s drawn well and has the help of the best in the business. A stakes horse will more than likely win this. He’s not that but he is a rock solid, likeable customer that got back on track on his most recent run. He’s heading in to a busy schedule but if he was from another era and was required to contest multiple match races in one day, he could. He’s granite tough, not over big but with great depth and bone. Watch out for Sonaiyla, she has been running huge from some crazy draws and her most recent 4th was a notable effort. Check out my tipping column! T For Tango is last and is poorly drawn again. He has been running away fine but he needs a very specific set up. There needs to be a pace collapse, he gets that on heavy ground but when he has to graft from deep on quicker ground to get involved things happen a bit quick and he ends up eye catching. He’s talented though and is better running than looking at us at home. He’s drawn poorly and Declan McDonagh rides. He had no chance from his draw the last day but Declan was nice and positive about the horse afterwards. It makes a difference, when someone is heading out full of optimism, it has to help.

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