WhichBookie racing analyst Will Smith provides a preview and an each-way selection for the 2.15 at Naas on Sunday 17th October.
|Galypso Clermont||16/1||Each Way
Date of Tips: 18/09/2021
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (07:29 18/09/2021) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
It’s hard not to be excited when you see jump racing properly return to a course like Navan, which is known to be one of the fairest tracks in Ireland, for a competitive card. It brings about all the usual musings of well handicapped horses, potential superstars and everything in between. Gordon Elliot, a sore subject to so many, has some of his better novices making the transition to hurdles this afternoon – and it will be very intriguing to see how all of them get on and which look ready for a step up in class.
Starting at Navan with the opener at 1.15, which is the 2 mile maiden hurdle. Like so many of these contests, you can pretty much rule out the majority of the runners before the race has even started and given that a few of these only ran yesterday, it could cut up even further over time. Taking that into account, I am shocked that one can procure odds against on Weseekhimhere, who looks the clear form and class pick in this contest. Having been a smart bumper recruit last year, his recent Flat run would have hopefully blown away the cobwebs before embarking on his new career over timber. His run at Roscommon showed more than enough potential to suggest that there is still a big engine intact and he should take all the beating in this contest. At a best price of 6/4 with Paddy Power, I think you will find much worse short priced horses all day long.
With the return of regular National Hunt Racing in Ireland, comes the return of Paul Nolan propaganda on this page, with the Enniscorthy based trainer training many of our most impressive winners on this site in the last few months. Taking this into consideration, the 4.40 2m6f handicap hurdle looks an ideal time to go to the same drinking well as usual. Calypso Clermont is certainly not the most straightforward, but there is definitely enough ability for him to take a keen interest in a race of this nature. Having been backed off the boards at Punchestown two starts back, he came agonisingly close to shedding his maiden tag, before a lesser effort next time out. There were potential excuses for that poor run though and he has been freshened up since then. Off a basement mark in a tricky contest, he should be taken each way as a viable alternative. His current price of 16/1 with Skybet, who offer 5 places, is the best on offer.
The final contest of the day is the 2m bumper and often is a way of making or breaking your card. A winner in the lucky last on a Saturday can send one into hysteria, or into deathly silence depending on its outcome. Dad’s Lad is a horse that is due a turn at the winning table, and despite a below par effort last time out, will be taken today to finally get his head in front. There is a notable feeling in the Mullins camp that this horse has underperformed for them, and the fact they are persisting with bumpers would be an indicator they are convinced he should win one. This looks to be an equally tricky race as usual, with a few new point to point recruits hanging around at the top of the betting, but this guy brings the rules form to the table. At a general price of 7/2, he should be very closely involved in the business end.