Best bets at Navan – Friday’s Irish horse racing tips

Best bets at Navan racecourse on FridayBest bets at Navan racecourse on Friday

We provide readers with our best bets at Navan on Friday as we assess the day’s flat racing action in Ireland.

Friday sees just one Irish horse racing fixture taking place with action on the flat at Navan where an eight-race card awaits racing fans. Featuring two top handicap races on the card, it is sure to be a thrilling afternoon for punters to get their teeth into at the fixture which gets underway at 4.40pm.

Our Irish horse racing tips have been in good form recently with plenty of winning selections and we’re looking for more success on Friday with our best bets at Navan.


5:40 Navan – Beauparc Handicap (4yo+ 50-80) 5f

FACE OFF has a decent record here from his three starts at the Meath track, twice finishing in the frame and scoring over course and distance last June.

The Mizzen Mast mare has proven herself a largely consistent sort and she shaped well on her reappearance over an extended distance here last month when beaten less than one length behind Boughtinthedark.

That form hasn’t been done any harm since and a 4lbs rise in the ratings could remain workable as she drops back to the minimum trip for this latest run. Likely to be sharper for her return she can go one better here with her in-form yard boasting a near 30% strike-rate with its’ limited runners in recent weeks and she can get our best bets at Navan off to a winning start.

6:10 Navan – Stackallen Apprentice Handicap (Div I) (4yo+ 45-65) 1m2f

Course and distance winner THE LADY’S BID could be worth sticking with again to follow up her reappearance victory at Gowran Park last month.

The Famous Name filly struck here last September in a similar contest to this prior to struggling in soft ground on her subsequent outings although she wasn’t disgraced switched to the all-weather for her final outing of the year behind Spelga.

She ran out a comfortable winner of her reappearance run, posting a near-four lengths’ verdict over Attack At Dawn, travelling well into the contest having raced keenly early; but she settled and won well and while a subsequent 11lbs hike up the weights will demand more from her she might well have better still to come.

That latest win came in similar conditions to these and she can continue to give a good account for our best bets at Navan on Friday.

7:15 Navan – Royal County Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo) 1m2f

PROTAGONIST was put up by this column to win his last start eight days ago and Jessica Harrington’s charge duly obliged; he also hinted at even better to come and the Wootton Bassett gelding is sided with again to make it 3-3 since joining this yard.

He had shown some ability in runs for Jamie Osborne last summer prior to his switch, and he looked a useful prospect when stepping up in trip for his debut to strike readily at Gowran Park. That was followed up with a second easy win under a penalty at Fairyhouse latest and a further rise in the handicap could remain workable given his potential to improve further still.

Having struck by the best part of two lengths, travelling well into the race and keeping on strongly once getting to the front, he has to defy a 10lbs hike up the ratings in a better race. But he gave the impression that there’s a bigger performance still in him and he can uphold his perfect record for his current handler by finding the necessary progress and striking again.


7:45 Navan – Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Nasrullah” Handicap (Premier Handicap) (4yo+) 1m2f

TARTLETTE needs to find another jolt of improvement in this grade but the Champs Elysees filly could be worth chancing to deliver having won two of her three starts since joining this yard.

A fair performer for Hughie Morrison, finishing runner-up over this trip at Brighton, she has since won twice on the all-weather at Dundalk following her switch to this yard and there was no caste lost in her narrow defeat behind Edification at the Curragh on her return last month.

Beaten just a neck on that occasion, she was only run down close home by the winner with the front pair pulling clear and the form took a boost when the sixth horse home ran well in a valuable handicap back at the Curragh late last month.

The drop back in trip is no issue given both her all-weather victories came over this distance and she is reunited with Seamie Heffernan where the pair are 2-2 when combining. Likely to be sharper for her recent return she can post a big effort here and every chance she can reverse places with her last-time conquerer on slightly better terms for this rematch.