We go to opposite ends of the country today as we have 10 for Navan and 4 for Cork in what we hope will be a very productive day at the races.
Firstly we head to Cork where our runners come in the last four races. COMMENTARIOLUS had a great freshener the last day when running on the flat under Sam Ewing. That should leave him well for this Handicap Hurdle over 2m4f which will turn out to be a strong test of stamina. Kevin Sexton has been booked to ride.
MOUNT IDA was a very smart mare hurdling last season and graduates into chasing company for the first time. She has been schooling well at home and has found a nice mares event here, Denis O’Regan has been booked to ride.
Another horse to run well the last day was DAKOTA MOIRETTE before unseating 2 out. Again that should put him right in the frame here and we take 7lbs off with the in form Jack Foley.
Finally in Cork we have AXIOMATIC in the Beginners Chase. He ran ok the last day and that will certainly be of benefit to him here today. We’ll be using another claimer in the form of Paul Cawley.
Moving over to Navan we kick things off with two in the EBF Maiden Hurdle. FOLCANO makes his first start for the yard having graduated from the pointing field. This horse is a brother to the very good Farclas and will be ridden by Keith Donoghue. WIDE RECEIVER has been running very well in graded company of late and takes this drop back in class with Jack Kennedy in the saddle.
The Grade 3 Monksfield Novice Hurdle comes next and it has attracted a small field. We send forward FAKIERA and FAROUK D’ALENE. Fakiera just held on the last day after a spat of placings. This is a big step up for him and he will be ridden by Keith Donoghue. FAROUK D’ALENE demolitions a maiden field at Down Royal at the end of last month and he looks to build on that with this step up in class, Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.
ELITE TROOPER GREY looks to have found a nice mark now having been placed last time out. He goes for the Gamble Responsibly Handicap Hurdle over 2m. Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.
Making a return from a long absence is DEFI BLEU who goes in the Beginners Chase over 2m1f. This big scopey horse looks a made chaser and was a very good hurdler when he was last on the track. Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.
It’s another small field for the Grade 2 Chase over 3m, where RAVENHILL takes on only 3 others. Ravenhill has a bounty of race fitness behind him and should enjoy the conditions. It looks a good contest to try and pick up a bit of place money, Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.
Contrastingly, the next race will have 19 runners. LAST MINUTE MAN leans towards the top of the weights. This horse was a little disappointing last time but still ran an ok race. Like many of ours now he’ll have a run under his belt and should be better this time around with Keith Donoghue in the saddle. Our second runner in this is MULTIFACTORIAL who will be assisted by Jack Kennedy as he sits in the middle of the weights.
Finally in the mares bumper we have a new recruit, PARTY CENTRAL. This mare comes to us already a winner of a bumper and looks to do the same again here with new connections, Jamie Codd has been booked to ride.