Loader’s Lucky 15 – Four top tips for Navan on Sunday

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Chris Loader rolls his four top tips into this Lucky 15, covering four races at Navan on Sunday 16th February.

Sunday’s could be in doubt for many places across the UK but I’m taking a chance across the Irish Sea that Navan can survive Storm Dennis. I’ve combined four of my best bets into a Lucky15 for Racing Tips.

Sunday’s Lucky 15

Magic Of Light

I’m going to be going against Tiger Roll in the Boyne Hurdle as he makes his seasonal return. I think he will need this run despite winning this race last year on his way to Cheltenham & Grand National success. The selection for me here is the hardy Magic Of Light (10/3 Unibet) for Jessica Harrington. Last season she was a model of consistency and finished second in the Grand National behind Tiger Roll. I believe she can reverse the form here with the Mares’ Allowance and fitness on her side. Last time we saw her she won a Listed Mares Hurdle with authority at Ascot in testing conditions. With the ground likely to be the same I think Magic of Light is the likely winner.


Francin (4/5 William Hill) looks to be the banker on the card and his form at Leopardstown is now appearing rock solid. In recent weeks Sempo, The Big Getaway & Aaron’s Day have all come out and won. Before appearing in November the seven-year-old had not been seen on the racecourse for almost two years after sustaining a setback. It looks now he’s putting that behind him and Willie Mullins has found a race to break his maiden tag over obstacles.


This son of Fame and Glory was a well backed favourite for Gordon Elliott when finishing second at Fairyhouse last time out. However I you can forgive Thunderdownunder (4/1 Coral) for that performance as he bumped into a well handicapped improver and it was first time at the trip. The six-year-old has always looked a stayer and one I’ve followed since he won his bumper at Fairyhouse. With Kevin Brogan claiming 7lbs today he’s got to have a strong chance.


Ballyadam (2/5 Unibet) as been making his way through the grapevine over the last month or so for Gordon Elliott and as a result as been well backed for the Champion Bumper. It is the same connections as last year with Envoi Allen, Cheveley Park Stud who went on to score in the same race at the Festival. Furthermore Jamie Codd is booked for the ride who’s ridden the winner of the Champion Bumper twice since 2017. If the hype is true this might be the day to back him.