By Luke (@lukekeena1)
After February came to an end on Thursday we are now onto March and edging closer and closer to the Cheltenham Festival. We still have two weekends of racing in Ireland before the festival. Navan has a seven race card on Saturday.
Race one off at 1:45
Our Legend has plenty of experience over hurdles. This will be his sixth start over hurdles after his flat campaign during the summer. He has two seconds to his name. He looked like he was about to run a big race last weekend when he looked to be travelling well coming into the straight, but he didn’t find anything. If I remember correctly, the trainer said pre race that he might need the run. If he has come on for the run he could prove hard to beat.
Race two off at 2:20
Ocean Voyage finished second behind Chosen Mate at Fairyhouse last time out. Chosen Mate has since came out and won a Grade 2 last weekend. Ocean Voyage showed vast improvement from her other runs to finish second. Before that her best finish was eight at Punchestown. She receives weight for being a four year old. I think she can go close with Jack Kennedy in the saddle.
Race three off at 2:55
Mount Pelier could prove to be well handicapped off a mark of 113. He has run good races in bumpers. He has had two runs over hurdles this season. His form over hurdles would not set you alight but I think there is more to come. If he can iron out his jumping he could prove to better than a mark of 113.
I also think Maev’s Choice could run a good race at a big price. Things didn’t work out over fences for her last two outing, she didn’t complete either. A return to hurdles will hopefully see her to better effect and that could see her be in the mix.
Race four off at 3:25
Duca De Thaix and Jetz are closely matched on their Beginners Chase form. They finished one, two at Navan when Jetz came out on top. I think Duca De Thaix will reverse the form. He has won twice since his run against Jetz. Jetz has been running over further recently and steps down in trip. I think Duca De Thaix will be hard bet.
Photo Duca De Thaix