Irish racing best bets – Saturday tips at Navan over the sticks

Saturday tips at Navan over the sticks

With just one Irish race meeting going to post on Saturday we’ve looked over the solitary card over the sticks and picked out our Satuday tips at Navan.

The final weekend before the Cheltenham Festival and there is Grade Two action on the racecard at Navan on Saturday with the latest renewal of the Webster Cup Chase along with some competitive handicap racing.

Eight races in all will go to post and we’ve picked out our best Saturday tips at Navan over the sticks.


2:10 Navan – Navan Members Maiden Hurdle (Div II) (5yo+) 2m

HALLOWED STAR showed some decent form in bumpers and the Sea The Stars gelding has continued to show promise since being switched to hurdling, coming up against a useful sort when finishing fifth to Wide Receiver at Leopardstown on Boxing Day and then chasing home Decimation at Down Royal when last seen.

John ‘Shark’ Hanlon’s charge was beaten ten lengths on the latter occasion where he travelled smoothly into the race but undid his chances with a couple of late mistakes; but he was still clear of the third and likely to continue to progress he might further improve.

The winner of that last outing looked a useful prospect and the selection looks to hold obvious claims here if building on that effort.

2:45 Navan – Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m

SHAKEYTRY won for this column on New Years’ Day when scoring at Tramore and the Portrait gallery might have atoned for unseating his rider at Naas next time but for hammering the last back at that venue latest.

Edward O’Grady’s charge wasn’t beaten far despite that error, crossing the line around three lengths adrift of the winner although he’d surely have finished must closer with a clean leap. Nevertheless he’s since seen the form franked by the runner-up winning next time and he’s only 1lb higher here.

A repeat of that last effort ought to see him firmly in the mix again and assuming this doesn’t come too soon he can make his presence felt with underfoot conditions no problem.

3:20 Navan – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Hurdle (5yo+) 2m7f

This looks a good race on paper and a chance is taken on a return to form by RAGNAR LODBROK who has been contesting better races than this and Denise Foster’s charge can get back to winning ways.

The Fame And Glory gelding was a winner at Galway last October and followed up that victory with successive runner-up efforts at Cork over three miles which include in a Grade Three contest behind Sayce Gold.

Arguably out of his depth next time in the Lawlor Of Naas Hurdle where he finished fifth to Bob Olinger he should find this a good deal easier and the return to a longer trip is a positive move with the ground likely to turn this into a stamina test.

He has the potential for better to come and with sights lowered ought to go well in what looks an open contest.

3:55 Navan – Webster Cup Chase (Grade 2) (5yo+) 2m

DALY TIGER has won two of his four starts over fences this term, scoring victories at Punchestown and Fairyhouse and the Tiger Groom gelding lost little in defeat when chasing home the high-class Cilaos Emery at Naas latest in a Grade Three contest.

Noel Meade’s charge had impressively won the time before by five lengths, jumping well to defeat Pont Aven and he comes out best on these terms given his 157 rating where he gets 5lbs from 152 rated Castlegrace Paddy.

On form he’s the one to beat and a repeat of that latest effort in what looks a weaker contest can see him get back to winning ways here.

4:30 Navan – Farms EBF Novice Handicap Chase Final (Grade B) (5yo+) 3m

ATLANTIC SHORE has been in good form, notching up a brace of recent wins and Philip Fenton’s charge arrives here in search of a hat-trick.

The Mahler gelding is 3-7 this term and yet to finish out of the first four; his latest success saw him strike over hurdles at Punchestown over this trip, beating Sassy Yet Classy by almost two lengths and he had won the time before over fences at the same venue when getting the better of Screaming Colours by three-parts of a length.

That form has been done little harm and he returns to chasing here having been hit with a 7lbs rise in the weights. But there could still be more to come from him and if continuing in his current good vein of form then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him landing his three-timer.