Preview of racing at Navan and a selection in the Lockinge

By Luke

Saturday’s racing in Ireland comes from Navan with a eight race card. After a week of Derby trials we learn to more about the classic contenders. Aidan O’Brien seems to have a stranglehold on the race. My Derby selection was posted last week, Broome who won the Derrinstown Stud Stakes. When posted he was 8/1 but he is now vying for favouritism.

My first selection runs in the second race off at 1:55. Twenty Minutes won nicely last weekend at Naas. Prior to that run he had been struggling but, that was his first run on ground better than yielding. I think the quicker ground has brought more improvement out of him and I think he will go close at 4/1.

Race four off at 3:05

May Remain has been frustrating to date in Ireland. He showed good form in England and he received a rating of 86 in England. He runs now off 62 and I think he is well handicapped. He ran a nice race last weekend finishing fourth at Naas. I think it wont be long till he wins off this mark and tomorrow could be the day at 5/1.

Race five off at 3:35

Sundance Star won on seasonal reappearance at Dundalk last month. Her two year old campaign was promising with her finishing second in all but one run. I think she will improve further for the run at Dundalk and go close at 10/3.

Race seven off at 4:40

Bog War hasn’t been seen on the flat since 2018 when finishing down the field and also got a win at Dundalk. While his form over hurdles of late hasn’t been great, I think a return to the flat will spark him back. He last won off a mark of 53 and now runs off 56, I think he will outrun his odds of 20/1.

Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes off at 3:40 in Newbury.

Romanised was last years Irish 2,000 Guineas winner at the Curragh. His runs that followed that were somewhat below par. He ran a nice reappearance at Naas last time finishing a close fifth behind Imaging with Le Brivido back in third. I think he is slightly overpriced at 14/1 and I think he will run well.

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