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17:00 Naas (IRE)

Royal Ascot Trials At Naas Handicap

  • 8 Runners
  • Distance: 7f
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
  • €26,000 added
  • Winner: €15,990
  • 2nd: €4,940
  • 3rd: €2,340
  • 4th: €1,040
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 1m 28.44s
  • Off Time: 17:00:21
  • 8 Ran
1(8)
  • Form: 21635-5
  • Age: 3
  • Weight: 9-10
  • Official Rating: 93
  • Trainer: J O'Brien
  • Jockey: D O'Brien

rear, moderate 8th halfway, no impression and slightly detached 2f out, kept on final furlong, never on terms

2(1)
7/4
  • Form: 431-
  • Age: 3
  • Weight: 9-4
  • Official Rating: 87
  • Trainer: G Lyons
  • Jockey: C Keane

chased clear leader in 4th, travelled well and switched right over 2f out, ridden and ran on well under 1f out to 2nd closing stages, not trouble winner

3(3)
10/3
  • Form: 25-6144
  • Age: 3
  • Weight: 9-0
  • Official Rating: 83
  • Trainer: A O'Brien
  • Jockey: R Moore

tracked clear leader, took closer order in 3rd over 2f out, closed 1f out, ridden to lead final 150 yards, driven out

4(6)
  • Form: 433-1
  • Age: 3
  • Weight: 8-13
  • Official Rating: 82
  • Trainer: M Harrington
  • Jockey: S Foley

towards rear, moderate 5th halfway, soon niggled along, took closer order under 2f out, ridden 1f out, kept on well to 3rd on line, nearest finish

5(5)

Kafu (IRE)

44 p BF
12/1
  • Form: 716-33
  • Age: 3
  • Weight: 8-12
  • Official Rating: 81
  • Trainer: G Lyons
  • Jockey: G Carroll

broke well to lead and soon clear, reduced advantage and pushed along over 2f out, fly leapt 2f out, soon headed and ridden, lost place and weakened under 1f out

6(2)
  • Form: 41-0
  • Age: 3
  • Weight: 8-12
  • Official Rating: 81
  • Trainer: J Murtagh
  • Jockey: D Sheehy

missed break, soon raced toward rear, moderate 6th halfway, headway under 2f out, soon ridden, kept on final furlong, never on terms

7(7)

Crockford (IRE)

20 t BF
10/1
  • Form: 352-230
  • Age: 3
  • Weight: 8-9
  • Official Rating: 78
  • Trainer: J O'Brien
  • Jockey: W Lordan

rear, moderate 7th halfway, pushed along and took closer order 2f out, ridden and no extra final furlong

8(4)
14/1
  • Form: 075-060
  • Age: 3
  • Weight: 8-4
  • Official Rating: 73
  • Trainer: R O'Brien
  • Jockey: A Slattery

tracked clear leader in 3rd, took closer order in 2nd over 2f out, headway to lead under 2f out, ridden 1f out, strongly pressed and headed final 150 yards, weakened

In depth

Verdict

Crockford didn't run well when strongly supported here last month but that didn't look his form. His stable companion COSMIC HORIZON ran in group company after landing a Roscommon maiden and looked in need of the run on his reappearance where he didn't get going until too late. He can take this, though Giga White looked a smart prospect when beating South Pacific on fast ground at Gowran in August and his stable has been in fine form so the lack of a run shouldn't be a problem. Ferretti has run here five times and never won though he's been fourth in two very strong handicaps on the track in recent weeks. Boston Bruin showed enough in his first season to suggest he would soon be off the mark and that was the case at Cork where he battled on well to land a maiden. He'll improve for that and should make a bold bid for a successful handicap debut.

Formwatch

Cosmic Horizon (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Towards rear, pushed along over 2f out and ridden in 8th over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 5 3/4l behind Decrypt (9-4) at Cork 7f gd in Apr.

Giga White (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Soon chased leaders, effort on outer straight, challenged from over 1f out, soon on terms and edged slightly right, kept on well to lead near line, won at Gowran Park 7f mdn gf in Aug beating South Pacific (9-5) by nk, 11 ran.

Ferretti (USA) 7-2fav (9-2) Soon settled in mid-division on inner and pushed along from halfway, ridden over 1f out and kept on well into 4th inside final furlong, not threatening principals, 4th of 17, 4 3/4l behind Woody Creek (8-6) at Naas 6f hcp gd in May.

Boston Bruin (IRE) 10-3 (9-5) Pushed along early on outer and headway to lead after 1f, pushed along again 2f out and strongly pressed from 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, held on well, won at Cork 7f mdn gd in Apr beating Fivestar Lynch (9-5) by hd, 18 ran.

Kafu (IRE) 5-4fav (9-1) Led early, ran freely, tracked leader and 2nd halfway, ridden under 2f out and 3rd over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Beau Warrior (9-4) at Dundalk 7f pol in Apr.

Parkers Hill (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Dwelt and slightly impeded start, soon mid-division, effort straight, one pace from over 1f out, 10th of 16, 15 3/4l behind Never No More (9-7) at Naas 7f hcp Yielding - Soft in Mar.

Crockford (IRE) 4-1fav (8-7) Rear of mid-division, short of room early, ridden on inner 2f out, weakened, 13th of 15, 11 1/2l behind I Am Superman (9-3) at Naas 1m hcp Good - Yielding in Apr.

Barend Boy 10-1 (8-7) Raced towards rear, some progress into mid-division from halfway, pushed along over 1f out, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 11th of 17, 9 3/4l behind Woody Creek (8-6) at Naas 6f hcp gd in May.