Irish horse racing best bets – Sunday tips at Navan
Sunday’s horse racing in Ireland sees just one fixture going to post and we’ve looked over every race to pick out our Sunday tips at Navan.
While four horse racing fixtures head to post across the UK on Sunday there is also one meeting taking place in Ireland over the sticks with Navan staging an eight-race card which features Grade Two action with the Lismullen Hurdle and Fortria Chase as well as the competitive Troytown Handicap Chase all on the racecard.
Our top tipster takes a look through the eight-race card and picks out his Sunday tips at Navan on a top-quality racecard in Ireland.
SUNDAY TIPS AT NAVAN – IRISH HORSE RACING BEST BETS
12:30 Navan – For Auction Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) (4yo+) 2m
JESSE EVANS has already shown a decent level of ability in winning a Listowel bumper back in September and striking at the first attempt over timber with an impressive success over Wojood at Gowran Park last month.
Noel Meade has his team in top form and the So You Think gelding lost no caste in defeat when finishing just a half-length runner-up behind Ilmig at this venue on the level but could well progress again back over hurdles for this latest run.
Given the performance he turned in on her sole hurdles start to date there’s reason to believe he could develop into a very smart hurdler and likely to come on for that experience he can strike again.
1:00 Navan – Lismullen Hurdle (Grade 2) (4yo+) 2m4f
There is a suspicion that SUPASUNDAE might not be the force of old but Jessica Harrington’s charge remains a very smart performer and the Galileo gelding can continue to make his presence felt.
An eight-time winner in his career which includes three Grade Ones, he raced just twice last term and was last seen finishing seventh in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival behind Epatante. However his last success came at this trip and back over the distance he could well get back to winning ways if fully wound up ahead of his return.
He hasn’t won on his reappearance in his career, but he has run well in every start and it is worth bearing in mind that he has made his seasonal debut in each of the last three seasons in Grade One company so this drop in class can see him bounce back to his best with trip and ground both no issue for the ten-year old.
A big run wouldn’t come as a surprise and the Harrington runner can deliver a big run.
1:35 Navan – Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase (Grade B) (4yo+ 0-150) 3m
THE JAM MAN has to be of interest back over fences following a break and the Papal Bull gelding can get back on the scoresheet in this competitive contest.
Ronan McNally’s charge showed progressive form last term over fences, winning at Southwell and Cartmel in June last year before adding further wins at Newton Abbot and here over fences prior to running well at Cheltenham on New Years’ Day and he wasn’t disgraced in finishing in midfield in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Kept busy this term on the level he has made the frame in his last three outings in that sphere to confirm his well-being and he most recently scored at York last month with a defeat of Solo Saxophone.
Assuming he can continue his good form back over fences then he remains with scope for better given he’s placed form higher marks over hurdles and he’s an interesting contender here with trip and ground unlikely to faze him while the booking of Paul Townend for this assignment catches the eye.
3:20 Navan – Ladbrokes Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m
Limerick hurdles winner MELLY AND ME wasn’t disgraced in finishing fifth here last January in the Navan Hurdle and Noel Meade’s charge can build on his recent return.
The Kalanisi gelding was off the track for almost 650 days prior to making a very good return at Galway last month, finding only Jiving Jerry too strong by two lengths. The winner had had the benefit of a previous run so that outing could be upgraded and he’ll be sharper now with that performance under his belt.
He’s only 2lbs higher here and providing this run doesn’t come too soon just two weeks on from those exertions then he can build on his very promising return for his in-form trainer to go one better and no surprise to see him involved at the business end.