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Angus McNae's top tips for Sunday: Royal gets my approval

By Angus McNae
Sat 20 Nov 2021

Two winners last week secured a profit and with some tremendous action on Racing TV on Sunday I am hoping for more of the same.

Be sure to tune in and watch the superb card at Navan, as it should be very informative. This week I have four selections for you.

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1.00 Exeter: Oscars Moonshine

This horse was a thoroughly progressive hurdler and is an exciting chasing prospect. Having won three hurdle races on the spin in 2020 he returned from a long lay-off at Newton Abbott last month where he was beaten into second place on heavy ground. He will strip fitter and sharper here and gets to race on better ground, which has served him well in the past . He looks set to make a winning chasing debut.

The On The Wire team look ahead to Navan

1.20 Navan: Au Fleuron

Au Fleuron has a bucket load of potential. He won a bumper in fine style at Tipperary and thereafter was sold for £220,000 and joined Gordon Elliott. It is interesting that he was ridden that day by Jamie Codd, who rides a lot of bumper horses for Gordon Elliott and he will have surely been involved in advising that this horse joins the Elliott yard. Davy Russell takes the ride, which is always a positive, and while we don’t have a lot of evidence about this horse’s ability I think it’s fair to say he is highly thought of. I am happy to play him to small stakes.

1.50 Navan: Hollow Games

It will hopefully be a case of Elliott and Russell at the double as Hollow Games was most impressive in victory last time out. He will be a short price, but is hard to get away from. That win at Down Royal came on the back of two victories in bumpers and he is clearly a horse with plenty of potential. He is entered in the Grade One Royal Bond at the end of the month, but it looks as if Elliott has opted for this easier Grade Three. But the entry in that race is an indication of the regard this horse is held in. He is a strong fancy.

2.50 Navan: Lord Royal at a general 9-1

This renewal of the Troytown is as competitive as ever. I like this lightly raced Willie Mullins-trained individua. He has not been seen in action since running well in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham, where he had little chance of winning having been held up well off the pace. He has had just four starts over fences and is only six years old, so his potential for improvement is obvious. He also has previous form here at Navan, having run well to be second here in January. I am a big fan of Danny Mullins as a jockey and I think he will guide this unexposed gelding to success.

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