Saturday 8th December
We have 11 runners today in Navan.
ECLAIR DE BEAUFEU runs in the Kells Maiden Hurdle over 2m. He ran well last day out in Thurlas where he finished 3rd. He was unlucky not to get his head in front after being bet by half a length. Davy Russell takes the ride.
CORNKILL ROSE runs in the Club Active Gym Mares Maiden Hurdle over 2m 4f. She makes her debut over hurdles today, she struggled in her bumpers but should be better over an obstacle. Conor Brassil is on board today and claims 5 lbs so we are hoping for a good run from her today.
SWINGBRIDGE runs in the John Lynch Carpets Handicap Hurdle over 2m. He is one that was slightly disappointing last day out at Navan in the Troytown Chase. We are hoping that the drop back in trip and reverting him back to hurdles could see a bit of his old spark come back. Davy Russell is booked to ride. ASKARI also runs in this. He was 2nd in Thurles last day out and the blinkers have really helped get the best out of him. We have booked Kevin Brogan to ride today and he claims a handy 7 lbs.
BEN DUNDEE runs in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Klairon Davis Novice Steeplechase over 2m. He was impressive last day out to win in Punchestown. He has been in good form at home and we are hoping for another good run out of him today however he does drop back in trip. Bryan Cooper is booked to ride. HARDLINE also runs in this. He was also impressive last day out in Punchestown to finish in 2nd place behind Voix Du Reve and won his debut over fences the time before that. The trip should suit him and he is in safe hands with Davy Russell on board.
GUN DIGGER runs in the Mervynn Gray Construction Beginners Steeplechase over 2m 4f. He ran a great race last day out in Gowran to finish 3rd on his chase debut and should finish in the placings here today all being well. Davy Russell rides today.
BURREN LIFE runs in the Foxrock Handicap Steeplechase over 2m 4f. He finished 4th in his last race in Gowran. Today he makes his debut in handicap company and we could well see him finish in the placings today Davy Russell takes the ride. LAMB OR COD also runs in this. This will be his debut for the yard since joining us from Philip Hobbs. His last win was back in December 2016 and we are hoping that he can show some of his spark back today. Andrew Ring is booked to ride.
THE VERY MAN runs in the Hotel Park In St Johann Tirol Austria Flat Race over 2m. This is the point to point winner’s debut run on the track and he could be an exciting future prospect. Lisa O’ Neill takes the ride. We also run BIGBADANDBEAUTIFUL also runs in this. She is an unraced filly by Big Bad Bob and we are looking forward to seeing her on the track. Jamie Codd rides.
Across the water in Aintree we have three runners.
DON POLI and NOBLE ENDEAVOR both represent us in the Beecher Handicap Chase which is a Grade 3 contest run over national fences. It is great to see Don Poli back on the track after having not seeing him run since February 2017. He’s a talented horse who will love the distance and we are hoping for a big run from today however after such a long time off he may need this. Jack Kennedy rides. Noble Endevour has also been off the track for a long period of time. Once again he may benefit from the run but should enjoy the trip. Keith Donoghue rides.
In the Betway Fillies Juvenile Hurdle SMILING ELIZA takes her chances. This is her first run in a listed contest but shes been a great little horse on the flat and over hurdles for connections this season. We are hopeful she will finish in the placing with Jack Kennedy aboard.