After yesterdays three winners from four selections I have a look at Navan’s card.
The feature race at Navan is race two on the card. The Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne hurdle off at 2:20. Six runners go to post for this contest. The current favourite is Off You Go ridden by Mark Walsh. He won a competitive handicap at the Dublin Racing Festival last time out. He steps up from handicap company into this Grade two contest. He is a horse who is improving all the time. He is my idea of the winner.
Bachasson won on seasonal debut at Punchestown on New Years Eve. On that day Darasso finished second, he has since won this weekend at Gowran. While Bachasson may have won he was receiving 8lb of the second and third at Gowran.
Coquin Mans probably needs softer ground than this. He has never run on anything better than yielding. This looks a stiff task for him.
Cracking Smart was a smart novice hurdler last year. He missed the Cheltenham Festival last season due to injury. He ran at Christmas and was beaten a long way by Apple’s Jade. He was off the racetrack along time before that run. He needs to improve to be in mix but I wouldn’t rule him out of doing so.
This will be Tiger Roll and Bless The Wings prep race before the Cheltenham Festival in March. Both will presumably go for the Cross Country Chase. I think Tiger Roll will take a lot of beating at Cheltenham.
Off You Go will hopefully get his head infront and I think Cracking Smart will follow him home.
Race one off at 1:50
Race one is the Ladbrokes Where The Nation Plays Maiden Hurdle over two miles. This looks a great opportunity for Raya Time to get his head infront. On his penultimate start at Leopardstown he finished behind City Island and Dallas Des Pictons. Both have since came out and won.
I don’t think he ran his race last time out when finishing third. He was keen in the early parts of the race. A return to the form of his Leopardstown would see him win this.
Race three off at 2:55
Race three is the Adare Manor opportunity handicap hurdle. I like Mystique Heights with Ricky Doyle in the saddle. He won last time out at Naas over two miles. The third, Eviscerating has since came out and won at Naas last weekend. I think he can go well off a mark of 100.
Race four off at 3:25
Race four is the Ladbrokes Acca Boosty Ten Up Novice Chase over three miles. This race sees the rematch between Champagne Classic and Chris’s Dream . They ran against each other at Naas. Chris’s Dream finished ahead of Champagne Classic on that occasion.
That was Champagne Classic’s first run over fences and also his first run since April 2017. He is likely to improve from that run. He was a better hurdles than Chris’s Dream and I think he will be a better chaser than him. I think Champagne Classic will reverse that form and get his head infront here on the second time of asking over fences.
Race six off at 4:30
Race six is a Mares Handicap Hurdle over two miles and four furlongs. I like Smiling Eliza for Gordon Elliot and Jack Kennedy. She ran a promising race at the Dublin Racing Festival. She finished fifth behind the smart Sassy Diva. The extra two furlongs is a plus and hopefully she will get her head infront.