Michael Shinners has news of today's market movers at Naas from the Sky Bet trading room.
Naas hosts the first Flat meeting of the Irish season and there are a number horses who have seen support.
A two-year-old maiden starts off proceedings at Naas and unsurprisingly Aiden O’Brien and Jim Bolger train the first and second in the betting.
At present the Ballydoyle raider Lipizzaner just heads the market. However, we have seen good support for Bolger's Poetic Flare (13/8) from 3/1).
The son of Dawn Approach is clearly expected to be sharp enough to do himself justice and beat the Ballydoyle inmate. It’s always interesting to see movers in these early maidens and one horse who has been backed at bigger prices is The Blue Panther (6/1 from 10/1).
The second race on the card is a big field maiden. Although you would be hard pushed to fancy a number of horses in the field, it is quite competitive with five runners all priced up at 7/1 or shorter.
The current favourite is Knight Of Malta (9/4) for the O'Brien team, although he has proved easy to back throughout the morning. Two horses have been well supported, the first of which is the Jessica Harrington-trained Grizzly (5/1 from 11/2) who showed enough in a back-end Curragh maiden to suggest a win in similar company was possible. The second to attract support is the more exposed Woodford General who is 13/1 from 15/2.
The first of the handicaps is at 3.00 with Dark Vadar heading the market for in form Joseph O’Brien yard. Sky Bet are paying 4 places instead of 3 and two horses in particular have been backed. The first of which is Sendmylovetoyou (7/1 from 8/1) for the Mick Halford/Ronan Whelan combination, who won on debut last season before his form slightly dipped at the backend of last season.
The other horse for support is Fastar (12/1 from 20/1) who finished off last year with a win at Wolverhampton.
The second of the extra place races is another tricky looking handicap. Again, two horses have been supported and both for the same trainer, Michael Mulvany. The King Of Kells (13/2 from 11/1) has fitness on his side after running at Dundalk recently.
Interestingly, the horse backed in the first race, The Blue Panther is also trained by Mulvanny. The second horse of interest is In From The Cold (15/2 from 10/1) who finished last season in good form, winning over course and distance.
The best horse on show today if official ratings are correct runs in the Devoy Listed race, where the talented Sir Dragonet (8/13 from 4/5) makes his seasonal reappearance. On last season’s form the son of Camelot will be extremely hard to beat and this is reflected in the money for him this morning.
The penultimate race on the card is a Group Three over a mile. The weight-for-age at this time of year is significant and one of the three-year-olds, Even So (11/10 from 6/4), trained by Ger Lyons, has been very well backed. Of the bigger priced runners Raven’s Cry has been popular and is currently second favourite.
The final race on the card is another maiden and although there are plenty of runners the betting has narrowed it down to four.
One of the best backed horses of the day, Russian Emperor (10/11) represents the Ballydoyle team and how well the O'Brien horses run earlier on in the day will very much determine the price that he is sent off.