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Horse Racing tips: Gary Savage's best bets for Naas on Sunday, including a 16/1 shot

There's Grade 1 action at Naas on Sunday and the Racing Post's Gary Savage provides his selections

2.20 Naas

Inothewayurthinkin @ 13/2
2pt win

3.20 Naas

Justicialism @ 14/1
1pt win

3.50 Naas

Tramps Like Us @ 16/1
0.5pt win

Take on Mullins and Elliott

The Lawlor's Novice Hurdle always throws up a good winner, with Bob Olinger, Envoi Allen and Battleoverdoyen among recent winners, and it has gone the way of the favourite for the last seven years, but with this year's field the biggest in the last decade the race looks more open than usual.

Willie Mullins looks to hold the key in a race he used to farm with all eyes on Grangeclare West, an impressive winner of a Navan maiden hurdle last time and, of course, he could be anything, but he hasn't justified his short price yet and is worth taking on.

Mullins hasn't won this for four years, with Gordon Elliott taking over as the man to beat and his Irish Point would appear to be the chosen one this year despite getting turned over last time at Fairyhouse.

With neither Mullins or Elliott's charges looking unbeatable and it's worth taking a chance on Gavin Cromwell's unexposed Inothewayurthinkin to come out on top.

He got the better of Elliott and Mullins inmates in a heavy-ground novice last time, and the fact that the runner-up Imagine is also in this race, surely boosts the likely value of that form.

He has it to do on ratings but after only two starts he obviously has plenty of upside, and with classy siblings who relished this trip and further, he should improve for tackling 2m4f for the first time.

Justice can prevail

There's not a lot of recent form on show in the Opportunity Handicap Hurdle and Colm Murphy's McManus-owned handicap debutant Cadatharla is sure to be popular having taken on some decent novices in his three starts to date.

He hasn't run on ground this soft to date though and is worth taking on in a weak race, with a chance taken on course winner Justicialism bouncing back to form.

He's only a five-year-old and was winning his second handicap on the trot when getting up late over 2m here under Shane Fitzgerald in February last year after which his trainer stated that he would enjoy going up in trip.

He's actually 1lb lower today after some indifferent runs since, but a race back here on soft ground would surely have been the aim, and the way he finished off last year also strongly suggests this longer trip will suit him.

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Big price in the bumper

The concluding bumper has entrants from Elliott and De Bromhead but I always think trainers are creatures of habit and it's worth taking note when small trainers have a good record in certain races.

David Harry Kelly doesn't have many bumper winners at all so the fact he has won this race twice in the last eight years looks noteworthy.

His representative Tramps Like Us is by the very good sire of bumper winners Court Cave and his dam is a half-sister to a bumper winner.

It's also worth noting that his owner had a very useful looking debutant win in this sphere last season and at what should be a decent price he looks worth a small bet.

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