Another big day ahead of us but at Navan this time as we are set to send 17 to the Meath track.
There’s a large field for the first race as we send 3 to post. CHERIF DE L’ISLE will be carrying the most weight of our 3 runners at 11st 2lbs. This will be the horse’s first run for us having been very hit and miss for previous yards. The confident hands of Davy Russell will be on board. PISTOL SHOOT has been very disappointing since coming to the yard and didn’t try at all last time, regardless of Keith’s efforts. We’ve changed jockeys and put Kevin Brogan on board. Hopefully this will do the job. Finally we have RIGHTDOWNTHEMIDDLE who will be partnered by Mark Enright. He ran well last time to finish 2nd at Ayr. We would be delighted if he could bring the same result here but this will be a tougher question.
We move on to one of the bigger races of the day the Grade 3 For Auction Novice Hurdle, where we send one of our bigger horses ABACADABRAS. He shed his maiden hurdle tag very quickly when winning by 5ls last time. He deserves to be put up in grade and this small field should be an advantage. Robbie Power will ride.
Another feature race and one we’re very excited for, APPLES JADE runs in the Lismullen Hurdle as she aims for 3 wins in as many years. She is a great mare on her day but will face serious competition from Willies horse, Bacardys. Puppy Power will get the spin and aims to be the 6th jockey to win on the superstar.
We send forward a small army for the P.S. Supplies Doors & Floors Maiden Hurdle. Our battalion is headed by a horse that could be anything, ANDY DUFRESNE. An impressive point to point winner and again in a bumper. This will be his first time over hurdles and we hope he can keep up the good record. Mark Enright will take the ride. Next is GOLDEN NOMAD who is well acquainted with the point to point circuit and has therefore plenty of experience jumping over obstacles. Puppy Power will be jocked up. GUN MERCHANT didn’t quite handle things last time out but has hopefully learned since then. Keith Donoghue will ride. SOLDIERS HILL makes up the quintet, who hasn’t done anything wrong in his last few starts and consistently tries till the end. Davy Russell will be riding.
We have just the one in the next, MIRACLE IN MEDINAH. He was 3rd on his last run back in January and has done well of a long break. He isn’t too high in the weights but will come on for the run regardless. Mark Enright will be riding.
For the penultimate race we have two runners in what looks a rather competitive Beginners Chase. I’M A GAME CHANGER has come to us from Hobbs’ yard and was a model of consistency. It would be great to see this horse run a strong race for new owners on the yard. Davy Russell will take the ride. Our other runner is MILAN NATIVE who was a smart Novice Hurdler should enjoy stepping up to chasing. Keith will be riding.
In the last race we have 3 runners. ONE DOWN will be ridden by Lisa O’Neill. This son of Arcadio cost €110,000 as a store horse and we hope he can live up to that price tag. FAKIR D’ALENE will be ridden by Jamie Codd and was a 20L winner of his point to point last time out. Lastly, is GETABAY who will be seeing a racetrack for the first time and will be ridden by stable lad Hugh McOwan.
We wish all our horses and riders the very best of luck and for a safe return.