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Gee Rex can lay down a marker for Hayden at Naas


Gee Rex and Billy Lee at the Curragh in July

Gee Rex and Billy Lee at the Curragh in July

Gee Rex and Billy Lee at the Curragh in July

A total of 131 two-year-olds are due to run at Naas this afternoon.

The eight-race card has certainly answered the needs of a lot of trainers wanting to get a run into juveniles with five maiden races, two nursery handicaps and a claiming race making up the fixture.

Punters will certainly be threading carefully ahead of this type of card with 44 of the declared runners in the maidens making their debut.

As would be expected with such a make up to the card, Aidan O'Brien boasts a very strong hand going into the day but it is arguable that John Hayden's Gee Rex is the horse that carries the strongest form lines of any runner today.

Good company

Gee Rex has had five runs, the best placed effort of those coming last time out when third in a Curragh maiden, but there is no doubt that the colt has kept good company so far.

Hayden would be operating from a small string at the moment pitched Gee Rex straight into a listed race after just one run and he was only beaten three lengths by Fairyland which sparked plenty of interest.

Connections declined all offers when put up for sale at the London Sale on the eve of Royal Ascot and Gee Rex ran a grand race there in the Coventry Stakes finishing eighth as a 50/1 shot behind Calyx.

The selection was probably unlucky to bump into a couple of smart types at the Curragh last time and he's certainly be a popular winner if obliging in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden.

It is hard not to look at the maidens and imagine the improvement that could be there in the Ballydoyle representatives and Aidan O'Brien should win the first with Afar.

Fifth first time out at the Curragh last month, normal improvement would see her right there today.

Later on the card All The King's Men was another stand out choice from the O'Brien team in the Family Fun Day September 30th Maiden and the well bred Old Glory is a tentative choice in the last.

Johnny Murtagh might be a man to follow with slightly longer priced representatives. Yolo Again must have every chance in the five furlong nursery while Murtagh's 79-rated Biltmore would be the pick in the claimer.

Naas Today

3.20 Afar

3.55 Clashaniska

4.25 Biltmore

5.00 All The King's Men

5.30 Yolo Again

6.00 Gee Rex

6.30 Pleasurable

7.00 Old Glory