Sunday tips for Navan – Today’s Irish horse racing best bets
Sunday tips for Navan
Irish horse racing over the sticks returns on Sunday following a spate of abandoned meetings and we’ve picked out our Sunday tips for Navan’s quality racecard.
Following a number of abandoned fixtures over the sticks in Ireland this past week we have some jumps racing to look forward to on Sunday with a top-class racecard going to post at Navan featuring both the Grade Two Ten Up Chase and the Grade Two Boyne Hurdle with the latter contest forming part of Sunday’s ITV Racing coverage.
Eight races in all will go to post on the quality racecard and we’ve looked over the day’s action to pick out our Sunday tips for Navan where we could get a couple of Cheltenham Festival clues.
SUNDAY TIPS FOR NAVAN – IRISH HORSE RACING BEST BETS ON 21 FEBRUARY
1:05 Navan – Ladbrokes Watch Racing Online For Free Ten Up Novice Chase (Grade 2) (5yo+) 3m
COKO BEACH could be hard to beat here having been running well in defeat behind the likes of Pencilfulloflead and Envoi Allen before getting off the mark when last seen in the Theystes Chase at Gowran Park.
Gordon Elliott’s charge sported blinkers for the first time on that occasion which seemed to spark some improvement and he won a shade comfortably in the end by four lengths from stablemate Run Wild Fred.
This is likely to be a tougher test, but he’s going the right way over fences and he’s the top-rated runner in the field having been hiked up 12lbs in the ratings. There could however be considerably more to come from the Cokoriko gelding over this longer trip and he can continue his progression to strike again here before possibly heading to the Cheltenham Festival next month.
1:40 Navan – Racing Again March 6th Handicap Chase (5yo+) 3m
ENVOL PIERJI got off the mark over fences when running out a half-length victor over Kavanaghs Corner at Down Royal earlier in the month and the Martaline gelding can follow up here.
A hurdles winner at Tramore a couple of seasons ago Elizabeth Doyle’s charge posted a series of respectable efforts over fences and posted a then-career best at Fairyhouse in November when finishing third to Kavanaghs Corner.
The step up to three miles for his latest outing seemed to spark some improvement and the front trio pulled well clear with only one length separating him. He’s been pushed up 7lbs for that victory although the extra burden is largely offset here by Simon Torrens’ claim and he can post another big run in this contest.
2:15 Navan – Apple’s Jade Mares Novice Hurdle (Listed Race) (4yo+) 2m5f
At the bottom of the weights CURIOUS BRIDE could be worth chancing to follow up her recent win at Punchestown and Noel Meade’s charge remains totally unexposed after just two starts over hurdles.
A winner on the flat at Cork last September she’s raced twice over timber where she found only one too strong at Cork in December, beaten less than a length behind Autumn Evening; she then went one better at Punchestown with a two lengths’ victory over Palm Beach, shaping as if she might benefit from a stiffer test.
The Excelebration filly goes up markedly in distance for this latest outing and the form of her winning run has been boosted so there’s a fair chance she has further improvement to come. She showed a very good attitude in that win last time and in receipt of plenty of weight all round she could make the most of her feather-weight to follow up.
2:47 Navan – Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle (Grade 2) (5yo+) 2m5f
FURY ROAD was disappointing when last seen finishing fourth behind Flooring Porter in the Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle but the Stowaway gelding is taken to bounce back here.
A three-times hurdle winner last term which included the Monksfield Novice Hurdle at this venue he rounded off last term finishing just a neck third to Monkfish in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Having returned with victory in a Grade Two at Punchestown he was readily beaten off latest but that run did come at a time when Gordon Elliott’s runners were under a bit of a cloud and he’s surely better than he was able to show on that occasion.
This will be no easy task giving weight all round to a decent field of rivals which includes dual-Grand National winner Tiger Roll; but if back to his best and able to replicate the performance he delivered at Cheltenham last campaign then he could get back on the scoresheet back at a venue where he’s won before.
3:25 Navan – Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) (4yo+) 3m
RAGNAR LODBROK showed up well in a pair of bumpers last term behind classy types Eric Bloodaxe and Appreciate It, and Gordon Elliott’s charge took a forward step when scoring on his hurdles debut at Galway in October.
The Fame And Glory gelding stepped up to three miles for his next two starts where he finished runner-up both times in Listed and Grade Three company before disappointing behind Bob Olinger in the Lawlors Of Naas Hurdle latest.
He was possibly unsuited by the drop back in distance but there could be better to come from him returning to three miles and he’s the pick of Jack Kennedy from the Gigginstown pair, a choice which could prove significant dropping back in grade for thia latest outing.
His earlier form gives him solid claims and he sets the standard on what he’s accomplished to date so it would be no surprise if he were to pick up the winning thread again in this contest.