It is exactly one week until the Cheltenham festival and we were busy putting some last touches to our contingent last night at Leopardstown. Today we go to Navan for their rescheduled meeting from the weekend. The going is described as heavy for our 7 runners and it will be sure to be a very testing event. There are some nice prizes on offer and we’d be hoping to take some of it home.
Our first pair of runners for the afternoon are GALET D’OUDAIRIES and METAL MAN in the opening maiden hurdle over 2 miles. Galet D’oudaires had a nice introduction to hurdling last time out when fifth in a big field. We hope he and Daryl Jacob can improve for that run to finish closer. Metal Man is steadily getting better with his runs and will be partnered by Davy Russell.
Next up is FLYING RISK who we’re going to drop back in trip and have a go over hurdles. She has a bit of class and this will be a hurly burly race in heavy going and 23 runners. She will need plenty of luck and will be partnered by Daryl Jacob.
NOBEL JOSHUA didn’t get dropped after his last run so squeezes in the bottom of this competitive handicap hurdle over 2m 4f. Luke Dempsey will take the ride.
Another Maiden Hurdle follows suit with DESIRE DE JOIE, who has been in good form at home and has been running well of recent. He will be partnered by Kevin Brogan claiming 7lbs.
Our penultimate runner of the afternoon is I’M A GAME CHANGER in the feature Grade 3 Novices Chase. This horse is a real battler and might have found a nice graded race here. There are some obvious good ones to take on but the testing conditions should be what this horse wants, Davy Russell will ride.
Finally we have PRINCE OF SCARS in the Veterans Chase. He gets a handy mark here carrying 10st 13 and will have Daryl Jacob on board. He was a very good horse in his hay day and hopefully he can do enough to feature.
We wish all our runners and riders the very best of luck and for a safe return.