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Caravaggio to shine on Sunday

Frank Monkhouse | 21 May 2017

What stands out at Naas

Sunday’s UK and Irish horse racing schedule is made up of meetings at Market Rasen, Ripon, Stratford, Limerick and Naas, with the latter providing the best of the afternoon’s action. The punchy seven-race card is led by the Lacken Stakes.

On a day filled with quality, support comes in the form of the Rochestown Stakes, and you can have your say on all the races of the day right here at Coral. We’re the home of horse racing value, and prove it again. Click here to bet on Naas, or any of Sunday’s meetings.

We aim to strengthen your hand, and at the foot of the page you’ll find our race-by-race selections in Ireland, while we detail our thinking on the NAP and next best below.

It doesn’t pay to oppose the form

We focus the bulk of our attention on the group three contest, due to post at 4.15pm. Nine runners have been marked down in the programme, and of the field, Caravaggio will be trusted to carry our stake money. Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore team up on the selection, and that’s sure to make him extremely popular in the betting ring on the day.

The three-year-old colt arrives at track with a fearsome reputation, and CV showing four wins from four starts. That purple patch includes victory in the group two Coventry Stakes at Ascot on his penultimate go, beating off Mehmas in the process.

This should be a case of how far

Moore had to do plenty of work on him to get home in front that day, shifting over to the far side at the business end of the race, and that proved a shrewd move, as he ran on and won with plenty in hand. Followed by another big win, this time at Curragh in the group one Keeneland Phoenix Stakes, going off as odds-on jolly, and looking like it too.

If running to the best of his ability, this will be a case of how far he wins by, and in terms of picking the best horse of the day, it’s got to be Caravaggio. Should keep his perfect record intact, then move on to bigger and better things.

Mamba Noire in the winning habit

Earlier in the day and we support Mamba Noir in the 3.15pm Rochestown Stakes. Contested over the sprint distance, we should see Shane Foley pay a visit to the winner’s enclosure. There doesn’t look to be an awful lot in this race, with plenty having genuine claims on the prize money, but the pick goes in off the back of a win, and is fancied to double up.

Taking her maiden at Cork earlier this month, the two-year-old filly went off favourite, and didn’t disappoint, getting up to win with a bit to spare over the 5f. There wasn’t much in competition that day, and nothing leaps off the page as a sure-fire winner here, so we keep faith and hope to see further progress.

Naas selections

2.05 – Xenobia

2.40 – Whitecliffsofdover

3.15 – Mamba Noire

3.45 – Alpha Centauri

4.15 – Caravaggio

4.45 – Mr Right

5.15 – Sweet Sounds

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