Irish horse racing best bets – Sunday tips at Navan
Sunday Irish racing best bets
Just one meeting heads to post in Ireland today and we’ve looked over the day’s card to pick out our Sunday tips at Navan and best bets on the card.
There’s only one meeting taking place in Ireland on Sunday and the action comes on the flat where an eight-race card awaits punters at Navan where the line-up includes the Group Three Vintage Crop Stakes as well as a pair of Listed contests on a solid racecard at the County Meath track.
We’ve looked over the day’s flat racing action to pick out our Sunday tips at Navan and best bets on the card.
SUNDAY TIPS AT NAVAN – IRISH HORSE RACING BEST BETS
2:20 Navan – Kilberry Apprentice Handicap (3yo+ 45-70) 5½f
PRETTY SMART has been a little in and out formwise on the all-weather since scoring her last win which came at this venue in October; Patrick Martin’s charge could do better back on this surface and the Dandy Man mare can go close.
She actually won twice over this course last term, also winning in July when beating Eluthera and she beat Ever Rock when posting her most recent success before finding heavy ground too much at Fairyhouse on her last turf start.
She’s been patchy since at Dundalk but did run well there in November and she may have needed the run on her reappearance on the polytrack earlier in the month when finishing fifth to Fit For Function. Back here however she could post a better effort with the quicker ground unlikely to present a problem and if building on that recent reappearance she can notch up another course win here.
3:20 Navan – Committed Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo) 5½f
LIPIZZANER sets a decent standard in this race and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can make a winning return to action.
The Uncle Mo colt took four attempts to get off the mark, scoring here last September in the wake of sole solid runs in defeat including in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot. He got back to winning ways when successful at Doncaster in heavy ground in October before running well in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint when last seen and a repeat of that could make him hard to beat here.
He’s gone well fresh in the past and his powerful yard has started the season well; assuming he’s as effective on this quicker surface then he can strike at the first time of asking on his seasonal reappearance.
3:50 Navan – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies) (3yo) 1m2f
At a bigger price it might be worth giving a chance to TALACRE who progressed well last term and the Flintshire filly could make into a good three-year old this term.
Ger Lyons’ charge made the frame in each of her first three starts last campaign, but she got off the mark at the fourth attempt when beating Eylara by almost two lengths at Gowran Park on her final run and this step up in trip could unlock another level of improvement.
That race has thrown up a trio of subsequent winners including the runner-up and with her yard in good form she could deliver a big performance where she can go close here.
5:20 Navan – Donaghmore Handicap (Div II) (4yo+) 1m5f
ANYONECANHAVEITALL hasn’t won for a while, his latest coming when trained by Mark Johnston and he struck at Newcastle back in September 2019. The Nathaniel gelding is now with Mick Halford but he’s failed to fire in a handful of starts for the Irish handler on the all-weather.
Those efforts have seen his handicap mark tumble however and he’s now 9lbs below the mark from which he was last successful. While that came on the tapeta he has also won on turf in the past and a return to this surface could see a resurgence in his fortunes.
This trip is no issue as he drops back from two miles and he handles quicker ground well so he has to be taken seriously in a race where most of his rivals also has a question to answer. He can go well back on turf from this reduced mark and give his stable a welcome winner.