We have a busy day head with 18 runners at our local track Navan.
We saddle three in the navanracecourse.ie Maiden Hurdle. GOLDEN NOMAD ran well here the last day to finish 6th behind stablemate Andy Dufresne, Barry Geraghty is onboard. JAUNTY WARRIOR is only having his second start over hurdles since winning his bumper back in 2017. It’s good to see him make it to the track and we’re hoping for a clear round under Keith Donoghue. Our best chance in the race falls on THATSY. He’s finished runner up in both his hurdling starts to date and we’re hoping that he will get his head in front today under Davy Russell.
Both ABACADABRAS and FURY ROAD represent us in the Monksfield Novice Hurdle. Abacadabras was an impressive Grade 3 winner here last time out and steps up in trip today. He certainly looks the one to beat and Robbie Power keeps the ride. Fury Road also comes into the race off the back of a win and should go close under Davy Russell.
Next we have SONG OF NAMIBIA in the Davis Civil Engineering Handicap Hurdle. He will need to improve upon his last run if he is to feature here today, Paddy Merrigan takes the ride.
In the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase we saddle I’M A GAME CHANGER. He ran a great race to finish 3rd here the last day behind Fakir D’oudairies and Melon. That was his first start for the yard and we’re hoping that he runs the same kind of race again today. Davy Russell rides.
In the feature race, the Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap chase, we send 7 down to post. GUN DIGGER (ridden by Kevin Brogan), NOBLE ENDEAVOR (Keith Donoghue), RAVENHILL (Davy Russell), ROARING BULL (Donagh Meyler), THE BIG LENSE (Mark Enright), TIMIYAN (Philip Enright) and WOODS WELL (Kevin Sexton) all take their chances in the Grade B race with Ravenhill (pictured) being our most fancied.
In the Mervyn Gray Construction Handicap Hurdle we run CHERIF DE L’ISLE and FROM EDEN. Cherif De L’isle impressed us when staying on for 3rd on his yard debut here last time out. He carries a nice low weight with the help of Kevin Brogan’s 7lb claim and should be in with a chance today. From Eden was a winner over fences the last day. He reverts back to hurdles today and could also finish in the frame under Davy Russell.
Our last runners of the day are in the Coolmore NH Sires EBF (Mares) INH Flat Race. BIOVERDIA showed plenty of class when finishing 6th in the Grade 3 mares bumper at Punchestown behind Gypsy Island. She makes her seasonal reappearance today and should go well in the hands of Lisa O’Neill. BIGBADANDBEAUTIFUL bids to make it a third win in a row. She’s a quality mare and should take all the beating. Jamie Codd rides.