Irish horse racing best bets – Saturday tips at Navan

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14 May Saturday tips at Navan

Just one meeting goes to post in Ireland on Saturday with action on the flat and we’ve picked out our Saturday tips at Navan.

An eight-race card awaits fans of Irish horse racing on Saturday where there is flat racing action taking place from Navan featuring Listed action on the racecard with the Yeats Stakes the feature of the day.

We’ve looked over the day’s fixture in Ireland and have picked out our Saturday tips at Navan.


2:30 Navan – Navan Median Auction Maiden (3yo+) 5½f

SHIKOKO offered plenty to work on when finding only one too good on his debut over the minimum trip here back in March and this slightly stiffer test can see Kieran Cotter’s charge go one better.

The Requinto gelding was unable to overhaul the winner on that occasion who found plenty for pressure and there was only a half-length separating them at the line. That form looks fair for a race of this nature and he’s entitled to improve.

He does have a fair bit of weight to carry here but he is open to plenty of improvement and ought to make his presence felt in what looks a winnable race.

3:05 Navan – Bellinter Handicap (3yo+) 5f

SOUND OF SPRING has run a couple of good races in defeat this term at Naas over six furlongs, but dropping back in trip could see the Dark Angel gelding get back to winning ways.

Ken Condon’s charge was steadily progressive last term when dropped to sprinting having been stretched by longer trips, winning in a first-time visor at this venue in October where he ran out a four lengths winner over an extended five furlongs.

Cheekpieces now replace the visor and if the change of headgear sparks another jolt of improvement then he could go close here and it wouldn’t be a shock if he were to resume winning ways.

Saturday tips at Navan. Colin Keane can ride a Saturday winner on the day's meeting in Ireland.

Saturday tips at Navan. Colin Keane can ride a Saturday winner on the day’s meeting in Ireland.

4:50 Navan – Troytown Bar Handicap (Div I) (4yo+ 45-65) 1m5f

EASTERN TORNADO cut little ice in maiden company last term over shorter trips, but back from a break and faced with a more severe test of stamina the Canford Cliffs gelding found only one too good on his handicap debut at Sligo in May and Michael Hourigan’s charge can go one better here.

He did well considering he missed the break and raced in rear before picking his way through late on to snatch the silver medal with a late burst and he’s only been raised 2lbs for that outing which could leave him with scope to improve given he’s unexposed over this longer trip.

Colin Keane takes over in the saddle from a claiming rider for this outing and with the potential for better to come he looks worth chancing to get off the mark now.

5:55 Navan – Follow Navan On Twitter Maiden (3yo) 1m2f

MODUS OPERANDI shaped with some promise on his sole start last term but has improved for the break with a brace of runner-up efforts at Cork and Tipperary and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can get off the mark now.

The Frankel colt has worn a tongue-tie the last twice and he’s not been beaten far in either start with only one rival and a neck and head between him in his outings thus far.

He was only run down late in that last start by Colour Sergeant who looked a useful prospect and there could be more to come from him as he drops back to ten furlongs. He’s the choice of Seamie Heffernan from the Ballydoyle pair in the race and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to turn in a big performance here to get off the mark.