It’ll be all lorries at the ready today as we send a whopping 23 horses to Navan for the Troytown meeting.
In the opening race we have GRANGECLARE NATIVE in a full field of 20 maiden hurdle over 2m4f. He looked to be making a nice return the last day when falling 4 out. but he comes here none the worse and will have Rachael Blackmore in the saddle.
Only 8 runners go forward for the For Auction Novice Hurdle, a Grade 3 over 2m. ESKYLANE put up a good account of himself when running out the winner of his maiden hurdle and will be partnered by Denis O’Regan in this step up in company. ONE DOWN was a winner of his maiden hurdle and then went on to find stablemate Call Me Lyreen a bit too good next time out. He comes here in good form with Keith Donoghue in the saddle. Finally we have WIDE RECEIVER who will be all the better for his last run coming here. Mark Walsh has been chosen to ride.
For the Lismullen Hurdle we have another two strong runners making their seasonal debut. CRACKING SMART was a notable winner of the Boyne hurdle last season and went on to finish a strong 4th in Cheltenham. He looks destined for a bright season and Bryan Cooper has been booked to ride. Festival scorer SIRE DU BERLAIS looks to kick off his season in good fashion as a consistent performer on the big days, Mark Walsh has been booked to ride.
It’s the big one next and we have 10 of the 22 runners and the second reserve. Top of the weights is the good Novice DEATH DUTY who finished off last season in good form, he comes here fresh and with an additional 5lbs off his back in the shape of Conor Orr. DOUNIKOS can prove to be a bit hit and miss but can turn up for these big handicaps and will have Sean O’Keeffe on board. ROARING BULL certainly knows how to finish off with a flourish and a run under his belt this season should mean he can put in a nice performance, Keith Donoghue has been booked to ride. AFOREMENTIONED was last seen winning the Munster National and goes here in search of a treble, he will be ridden by 5lbs claimer Conor McNamara. ELWOOD comes here fresh from his summer break and has plenty of experience over these big fences and will be ridden by Sean Flanagan. Liam Quinlan will take 5lbs off the back of GUN DIGGER another who has already seen a racecourse this season and should be all the better for it. GENERAL PRINCIPLE shouldn’t be discounted as a winner of the Irish Grand National and will have 5lbs claimer Eoin O’Connell. CHEB DE KERVINIOU was a very loyal servant last season and has a big pot in him yet, he will be ridden by Bryan Cooper. MINELLA TILL DAWN looks well handicapped in this and will be the mount of Denis O’Regan. Finally as bottom weight getting in we have DIAMOND TURF with 7lbs claimer Jack Wildman on board, it looks like he’ll have plenty to do. Out Sam currently sits as second reserve and ran a great race at the start of the month to finish 5th in a big chase, we hope he can get in.
We only have one runner for the Fortria Chase to make up a field of 6 runners. ECLAIR DE BEAFEU is a very classy horse who finished 2nd at the Festival on his last start. Another who can go well fresh he will be partnered by Mark Walsh.
EASYWORK ran a blinder in the Ballymore at the Festival to finish 2nd and he takes on a big field here for his first spin over fences. He won’t have it all his own way as there are a few smart looking types in this but he will be partnered by Sean Flanagan.
For the Ladbrokes Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Hurdle we have ELITE TROOPER GREY who got his head in front on his last start. He is strip fit and in great form, Kevin Sexton has been booked to ride. Crackaway currently sits as second reserve and we hope he can get in.
Finally in the Navanracecourse.ie Handicap Hurdle we have MULTIFACTORIAL who has another run under his belt and heads the top of the weights but has Conor Orr taking off 5lbs. TIGER TWENTY TWO is another one that is a loyal servant who we hope can run well with Jack Wildman in the saddle claiming 7lbs.