Wednesday Navan racing tips – Irish racing’s best bets
Get our Wednesday Navan racing tips as we look through the day’s Irish racing fixture.
Horse racing in Ireland heads to Navan on Wednesday for an eight-race card which includes Listed action in the shape of the Salsabil Stakes which gets underway from 3.30pm, as well as the Heritage Stakes which goes to post 30 minutes later at the Meath track.
We’ve looked through the eight-race card and picked out our best bets of the afternoon. Are you ready for our Wednesday Navan racing tips to hopefully bash the bookies with a few winners?
Wednesday Navan racing tips
1:30 Navan – Navan Handicap (Div I) (3yo+ 45-65) 5½f
This looks the stronger of the two divisions of this race and EDESSANN could prove the one to side with for Joseph O’Brien.
The Lope De Vega gelding went the wrong way following an encouraging debut for Dermot Weld a couple of seasons ago. He was subsequently transferred to Michael Herrington for whom he showed little in three starts for that handler prior to posting a much improved effort following wind surgery, finishing runner-up at Newcastle over the minimum trip behind Aloysius Lilius.
The third horse home from that race has won twice since and he’s since switched back to Ireland to pitch up at Owning Hill where he makes his first start for his new trainer who is adept at ekeing improvement out of moderate sorts.
He’s 4lbs higher in the weights than when going close latest, but his rider’s claim offsets the bulk of that and he remains open to improvement given he’s still relatively lightly raced and bred to be better than his current rating. Assuming he builds on that latest improved effort then he could prove the answer in this tricky sprint.
3:30 Navan – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo) 1m2f
Jessica Harrington has hit the restart of the Irish flat season running and her unbeaten SILENCE PLEASE can continue the trainer’s good form with a third successive career win.
The Gleneagles filly looked a useful prospect when scoring on her debut at Gowran Park last July and the impression she created on that occasion was duly reinforced when getting the better of Windham Belle at Cork next time when switched to handicapping.
She’s not an obvious one on breeding to be suited by this marked step up in trip, but she is one who should progress again this campaign and looked worthy of a crack at a higher level when registering her last win. Assuming she sees out this longer trip then she ought to be firmly in the mix for her in-form handler and she can preserve her unbeaten record by taking this Listed prize.
4:00 Navan – Heritage Stakes (Listed Race) (4yo+) 1m
MOUNT EVEREST has kept a good level of company since winning over this trip at the Curragh as a juvenile, subsequently tackling the Group Two Beresford Stakes where only classy stablemate Japan proved too strong.
Aidan O’Brien’s Galileo colt continued her progress last term despite mostly being run over a trip that possibly stretched his stamina; but he did manage to register a win over ten furlongs at Leopardstown in October, beating the reopposing Ancient Spirit in the Listed Trigo Stakes readily prior to globetrotting in America, Hong Kong and Saudi with little success.
Sixth and only beaten three lengths in the Breeders’ Cup Turf he should be relatively sharp following a run in Saudi back in February and a return to one mile needed prove an inconvenience. He does meet Jessica Harrington’s Ancient Spirit on 7lbs worse terms than when beating that rival last term; but he did the job readily despite perhaps not fully acting in the conditions and he could improve further this term.
Highest-rated in the field he could hold too many guns for this field an he can get back on the scoresheet.
4:30 Navan – Proudstown Handicap (4yo+) 1m
Godolphin castoff GOLDEN VALOUR enjoyed a profitable winter campaign on the all-weather, winning two of his last three starts which includes on his latest outing in March where Richard O’Brien’s charge readily saw off Sheberghan by two lengths.
That success came following a similar break to the one which the Kingman gelding returns from here and a mark of 78 returning to turf for this latest outing could just underestimate his potential for improvement given he had begun to look a progressive sort in his last few runs.
He has to prove as effective back on grass as he was on polytrack when last seen; but Donagh O’Connor’s 3lbs claim is valuable and the pair combined for their latest success so they might well be able to repeat the feat in what looks a trappy and competitive finale.