Speed Ratings - by Lawrence Taylor

    Speed expert Lawrence Taylor provides exclusive ratings and Speed Six analysis every day for At The Races. His best bets for Sunday go over the jumps at Naas
  • Saturday 25 February 2017
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LIVING THE DREAM AT NAAS

ADREAMSTILLALIVE (nap) has really improved this season having been raised from a official rating of 86 up to 107 for today's race. Since she returned to action in November she's been placed twice (beaten a half length each time) and has won her last two starts. The first was in a maiden when a hot favourite, the last was in a field of 20 handicappers where she led early and responded to a hands and heels ride to win comfortably by five lengths. She's progressive and will most likely start a deserving favourite today and could well complete the hat-trick.


Naas 2-50 Handicap Hurdle 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Adreamstillalive  102  74  102  100  61  --  --
 Lilshane  95  46  16  38  --  80  45
 Snugsborough Benny  89  48  89  46  (--)  --  --
 Crosshue Boy  85  80  --  --  44  79  85

LTO Speed: Crosshue Boy 80 Adreamstillalive 74 Sanibel Island 66

Rest of the Speed Six...

Naas 3-50 Novices/Maiden Hurdle 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Any Second Now  111  111  101  --  --  --  --
 Peace News  109  79  78  --  109  --  --
 Joey Sasa  106  86  92  105  106  (--)  (--)
 Labaik  104  --  --  104  89  --  --

LTO Speed: Any Second Now 111 Forge Meadow 93 Joey Sasa 86


A Grade 2 novice hurdle with several promising runners, but it probably best to stick with the top rated ANY SECOND NOW (nb) who is unbeaten in his two runs, and goes for a hat-trick. He was a surprise winner of it's hurdle debut when a 66-1 chance, although he moved well into the race and won with a bit in hand. He was made second favourite behind a Mullins hot pot at Punchestown for his last run, but ran on really well to take it up on the run in. He will most likely start favourite today and after that last win deserves his place at the head of the market.


Fontwell 2-00 Novices/Maiden Chase (Class 2) 17f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Kilcrea Vale  100  94  100  (97)  --  --  --
 As De Mee  98  --  84  84  98  85  86
 Rock Gone  95  68  95  --  --  --  --
 Winner Massagot  88  88  --  72  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Kilcrea Vale 94 Winner Massagot 88 Rock Gone 68


An interesting four runner affair where the two likely market leaders should fight out the finish. Top rated KILCREA VALE started it's career with a win in a point to points, and didn't disappoint on his rules debut when an impressive 26 length winner of a novice hurdle at Market Rasen. Had three hurdle starts after, falling when having every chance and running well enough in the other two. Won on it's chasing debut beating Zamdy Man (won Saturday), but wasn't able to lower the colours of Three Musketeers (Grade 2 chase winner) last time out. On only it's third chase start is still open to plenty of improvement and must go close.


Fontwell 3-00 Conditions Hurdle (Class 1) 19f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Lil Rockerfeller  117  89  63  117  109  --  --
 Adrien Du Pont  112  --  --  95  112  --  --
 Le Rocher  110  109  --  110  --  --  --
 L'Ami Serge  102  93  102  (78)  (118)  --  --

LTO Speed: Le Rocher 109 L'Ami Serge 93 Lil Rockerfeller 89


An open looking renewal of the Grade 2 National Spirit Hurdle sees last years winner LIL ROCKERFELLER perched at the top of the rating's table. After last year's win he stepped back to two miles to contest the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, but was outclassed and out sped over a distance short of his best. After a summer break he had three placed efforts, and then on new years day was beaten 13 lengths in the same race he was beaten 11 and a half lengths in the previous year, but this time carrying nine pounds more. He comes into today's race on a six pound higher mark than last year but has shown improved form this season and will make a bold bid to repeat last years win.


Fontwell 4-30 Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) 22f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Greyed A  84  32  58  84  79  23  75
 Ding Ding  81  42  81  47  13  --  71
 Third Act  79  (--)  73  46  79  --  --
 Capsis Desbois  71  --  37  71  (--)  (--)  --

LTO Speed: Ding Ding 42 Greyed A 32


A recruit from the point to point field, GREYED A completed three maiden hurdles with limited promise and was assigned a rating of 106 for it's handicap debut over two mile and a furlong at Sedgefield. Dr Richard Newland's gelding ran well to finish second, being a bit one paced at the business end. He stepped up to two and a half miles for it's next handicap start and duly obliged staying on well having been headed two out and posting his best speed figure. He then contested a sixteen runner event where he may have done a little too much early on, fading in the latter stages, and last time he tried to step up to three miles, but weakened from three out. For now this sort of distance looks about right, and with only seven rivals he shouldn't be pushed out of his comfort zone early on, and should have plenty left when the chips are down close home.


Naas 2-20 Novices/Maiden Hurdle 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Giant Spirit  83  83  61  47  (--)  --  --
 Baby Bob  77  77  (--)  --  --  --  --
 Kristian Goingwel  66  41  66  --  --  --  --
 Monotype  58  58  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Giant Spirit 83 Baby Bob 77 Monotype 58

A Mullins hot pot with Ruby on top makes the market for us here, and as all conquering as they often are, they don't always deliver the goods and can be opposed. Top on speed, GIANT SPIRIT has finished second on his last two start over two miles. In between those two runs he tried his had at two and a half miles where he led five out, but was headed two out and faded. On it's last start, which was a return to two miles, he was beaten a little over four lengths by another Mullins hot pot who was completing a hat-trick. He has plenty going for him today.

Rest of the racecards...

 

Fontwell

Fontwell 2-30 Handicap Chase (Class 4) 21f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 The Geegeez Geegee  85  85  43  26  66  30  (54)
 The Italian Yob  82  31  82  28  61  --  --
 Rothman  80  35  54  (39)  74  80  65
 Johns Luck  77  77  --  62  20  --  --

LTO Speed: The Geegeez Geegee 85 Johns Luck 77 Wizards Bridge 63

Fontwell 3-30 Novices/Maiden Hurdle (Class 4) 19f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Crystal Lad  98  87  67  98  54  (--)  --
 Clondaw Bisto  81  55  --  43  81  --  --
 Peak To Peak  76  69  50  76  --  --  --
 Sir Antony Browne  74  74  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Crystal Lad 87 Sir Antony Browne 74 Peak To Peak 69

Fontwell 4-00 Hunter Chase (Class 6) 26f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Only Time'll Tell  57  --  57  --  --  --  --
 Mon Parrain  48  24  48  --  --  --  --
 Featherintheattic  0  --  --  --  --  --  --
 Current Exchange  0  --  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Mon Parrain 24

Naas

Naas 3-20 Handicap Chase 20f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Peoples Park  110  78  --  110  61  84  --
 Keppols Queen  95  93  --  --  95  82  --
 Velocity Boy  94  94  --  --  82  --  (105)
 Joxer  92  92  --  --  87  --  --

LTO Speed: Velocity Boy 94 Keppols Queen 93 Joxer 92

Naas 4-20 Conditions Chase 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Just Cameron  121  121  116  68  121  100  --
 Clarcam  115  115  --  92  --  --  (32)
 Alisier D'Irlande  110  (64)  51  --  110  70  --
 Pairofbrowneyes  98  95  --  98  --  85  90

LTO Speed: Just Cameron 121 Clarcam 115 Pairofbrowneyes 95

Naas 4-50 Handicap Chase 24f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Mick The Jiver  92  43  92  90  37  27  48
 Lisclogher Lad  81  81  --  --  --  --  (--)
 Larry Capri  77  --  48  77  --  --  23
 He Rock's  61  --  (20)  6  61  --  --

LTO Speed: Lisclogher Lad 81 Sunsetstorise 47 Mick The Jiver 43

Southwell

Southwell 2-10 Handicap Chase (Class 4) 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Pembroke House  95  51  95  32  79  34  88
 Back By Midnight  87  51  38  87  57  (34)  --
 Never Up  85  (80)  80  85  13  --  --
 Truckers Highway  82  53  82  57  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Uno Valoroso 81 Never Up 80 Truckers Highway 53

Southwell 2-40 Handicap Chase (Class 4) 26f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 The Chuckmeister  72  62  --  72  38  (--)  --
 Cleve Cottage  62  62  --  35  (--)  (--)  (--)
 The Jugopolist  61  58  41  44  50  57  55
 Tommy The Rascal  49  --  49  --  --  (39)  (--)

LTO Speed: Cleve Cottage 62 The Chuckmeister 62 The Jugopolist 58

Southwell 3-10 Novices/Maiden Hurdle (Class 4) 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Shantou Rock  86  86  73  57  83  --  --
 Buckle Street  79  73  79  46  --  --  --
 Crack Du Tay  64  --  64  (--)  (--)  --  --
 Zenafire  64  40  64  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Shantou Rock 86 Buckle Street 73 Glance Back 51

Southwell 3-40 Handicap Hurdle (Class 5) 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Nicki's Nipper  84  --  --  (42)  58  84  72
 Akula  79  79  69  61  --  36  --
 Moss Street  79  --  54  39  43  --  79
 Edward Elgar  79  79  --  60  --  19  --

LTO Speed: Akula 79 Edward Elgar 79

Southwell 4-10 Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 24f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Nautical Nitwit  103  37  --  --  41  --  --
 Kelvingrove  86  86  45  --  82  --  --
 Minstrels Gallery  68  68  --  --  --  --  --
 Sam Red  63  --  63  (42)  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Kelvingrove 86 Minstrels Gallery 68 Saint John Henry 46

Southwell 4-40 Handicap Hurdle (Class 5) 24f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Lord Landen  75  (--)  (37)  (39)  (--)  (67)  (59)
 Boher Lad  72  72  22  --  69  52  (--)
 Red Admirable  69  --  42  69  39  (--)  (--)
 Riddlestown  55  --  (--)  (6)  (81)  55  (--)

LTO Speed: Boher Lad 72 Classico Dais 51

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