Thursday tips for Navan – Best bets for the day’s Irish horse racing action

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The Irish racing continues on Thursday with one fixture taking place at Navan to complement the UK action which features day two of the St Leger Festival. We give our Thursday tips for Navan and our best bets on the card.

While much of the attention on Thursday will centre on day two of the St Leger Festival at Doncaster there is more racing in Ireland to look forward to with a fixture at Navan which features premier handicap action on an eight-race card.

We look over the evening fixture in Ireland and give our Thursday tips for Navan and best bets on the card.


1:15 Navan – Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 5½f

TAKEKO found Group Three company too much latest when finishing last of eight runners behind Shale in the Silver Flash Stakes, but Henry de Bromhead’s charge is chanced to bounce back faced with a more suitable assignment.

The Mehmas filly had shaped quite well on her debut at Fairyhouse in June, finishing fourth, and she improved on that effort to get to within a half-length of A Ma Chere at the Curragh. That run represents fair form she could be worth another chance to build on the promise she had shown in that outing prior to her disappointing latest run.

This is an easier assignment she takes in this time around and she can go close.

2:45 Navan – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (3yo+) 5f

ECCLESIASTICAL was disappointing when last seen out, going off too hard and fading; but Tom McCourt’s charge had previously been in decent and consistent form and the Pastoral Pursuits gelding can bounce back.

He’s still a maiden after seven career starts, running twice for Martyn Meade prior to joining this yard and he has finished runner-up in three of his five outings for his current handler, latterly at Dundalk.

Eased 2lbs in the ratings and dropped to the minimum trip he can quickly bounce back from that disappointing run last time out and no surprise to see him going close here.

3:20 Navan – Metges Lane Maiden (3yo+) 1m2f

KING OF THE THRONE found himself out of his depth in the Irish Derby where Emmett Mullins’ charge finished down the field, beating only three other runners home.

The Hard Spun colt had previously got to within a head of St Leger hopeful Galileo Chrome – who has won both starts since – while Epsom Derby winner Serpentine was back in fifth in that contest. The fourth home has also won subsequently so he could prove capable of bouncing back from that performance last time back in maiden company.

He might also benefit from this return to ten furlongs, while the reapplication of a tongue-tie which he wore in that runner-up effort could coincide with a better run and he can go close here.

4:20 Navan – Abbey Road Handicap (Div I) (3yo+ 45-65) 1m

SIENNA LADY posted her best run to date when finding only one too strong at Dundalk latest, but Mick Halford’s charge is chanced to build on that performance back on turf and the Lope De Vega filly can get off the mark.

Having looked in need of her reappearance from eight months off at Gowran Park in June she has made the frame in both subsequent outings and was only beaten just over one length in her last start.

She’s been raised 3lbs ahead of her return to turf but this looks a very weak contest and she probably wouldn’t need to improve much to take a hand in the finish.