Naas betting tips: Footpad, Fitzhenry and Espoir D’Allen fancied on Saturday

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Naas betting tips for November 10 on include the awesome Footpad on his return to action in the 2m Poplar Square Chase. He rates the NAP of this eight-race meeting, while in the other Grade 3, the 2m Fishery Lane Hurdle for four-year-olds, Espoir D’Allen is also fancied. Fellow JP McManus owned horse Fitzhenry looks one to consider each-way in the Grade B 2m 4f Brown Lad Handicap Hurdle, meanwhile. Read all about these horses in our detailed Naas betting tips for November 10.Footpad impossible to oppose in Poplar Square on return at NaasImpressive Arkle Challenge Trophy winner Footpad is unbeaten over fences, so simply cannot be opposed on his reappearance in the 2m Grade 3 Poplar Square Chase at Naas on Saturday (12:30). Trained by Willie Mullins, the six-year-old already has open company opposition running scared as just four rivals dare take him on here.

This son of Creachadoir by Sadler’s Wells mare Willamina has barely put a foot wrong in his chasing career so far and has four Grade 1s to his name in this sphere already. Footpad won  both of his first two outings by 11 lengths last season in facile fashion, before reversing top class hurdles form with Petit Mouchoir under a hands and heels ride from Paul Townend in the Irish Arkle.

He was sent off a red-hot favourite for the English equivalent at the Cheltenham Festival where Ruby Walsh, who again takes the ride here, didn’t panic when rivals went off a breakneck gallop. There was total faith that Footpad could collar the runaway leaders, which included the re-opposing Saint Calvados and he started to make menacing headway before four out.

Footpad was upsides come the third last and swept clear rounding the home turn at Prestbury Park, drawing further in front over the final fence for a commanding 14 lengths romp. It was as impressive a performance as you could wish for from a novice, and the Simon Munir and Isaac Souede owned gelding followed-up when easily making all and landing the Ryanair Novice Chase by 12 lengths at the Punchestown Festival.

Following those novice exploits, the sky’s the limit for Footpad and his handler has hinted a step up in trip to 3m and crack at the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day could be on the cards. For now he’s over 2m, and on all known form this is his for the taking.

While Footpad is obviously odds-on, only Saint Calvados is in the same parish on official figures. He gets 2lb from the red-hot favourite, but that still leaves him with 6lb to find on their ratings. As the other opposition are so vastly inferior all with well over a stone to find, a straight forecast with Footpad finishing first and Saint Calvados chasing him home is our NAP among these Naas betting tips for November 10.Espoir D’Allen fancied for Fishery LaneThe most competitive pattern contest on this eight-race card is the 2m Grade 3 Fishery Lane Hurdle for four-year-olds (13:05). Espoir D’Allen could be well worth forgiving his last run when something was amiss to improve past two Mullins mounts that he gets a bit of weight from under these terms.

Trained by Gavin Cromwell, the son of Voix Du Nord won his sole bumper outing in France before joining the yard and then landed four consecutive hurdles starts in the manner of an exciting prospect. Those runs included when scoring 1 1/4 lengths from subsequent Triumph Hurdle hero Farclas in the Grade 2 Knight Frank at Leopardstown last Christmas.

Something was clearly amiss with the JP McManus owned gelding last time out in the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle during the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival. Espoir D’Allen weakened suddenly after being headed before the last and was eased close home by Barry Geraghty when it was clear he couldn’t win.

Given his previously progressive profile, that run looks too bad to be true and the assessor even put his rating up 3lb for finishing a 23 lengths fourth to the re-opposing Mr Adjudicator to 147. While Espoir D’Allen also has 5 1/2 lengths to find on the third home Grey Waters and meets that one off 5lb worse terms here, he wasn’t knocked about at Leopardstown.

If able to bounce back on reappearance, he has claims of making his presence felt against rivals who have yet to see the best of him. It’s that untapped potential that makes Espoir D’Allen a value bet among our Naas betting tips for November 10.Fitzhenry an each-way Brown Lad betLeading Irish owner McManus launches a five-pronged attack in his famous green and gold hooped silks on the Grade B 2m 4f Brown Lad Handicap Hurdle later on the card (14:50). Of the quintet running in those colours, Fitzhenry is one to consider each-way having scored over course and distance in a chase back in February.

Although a maiden over hurdles, this son of Flemensfirth was denied in the final strides of a Fairyhouse handicap over 3m back in January when held a head by Dromore Lad. It was unlucky for connections and the Paul Nolan trained six-year-old added his second victory over the larger obstacles at this trip, having previously scored at Thurles.

Fitzhenry took a narrow lead just after two out under Barry Geraghty and rallied well in the closing stages to assert close home and beat Last Encounter by a neck. As he was giving the runner-up 5lb in a similar Grade B affair, it was a terrific performance and later confirmed the form over 3m when chasing home Glencairn View at Navan.

As Fitzhenry is now rated 11lb higher over fences than hurdles and reverts to the smaller obstacles off 1lb lower than when last successful, it gives him every chance of going well at a venue where he’s never finished outside of the frame. He’s therefore worth considering each-way in a typically wide-open renewal and completes our Naas betting tips for November 10.Your Next Bet

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