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Five horses for Sunday: Irish novices aplenty to look forward to

Sun 22 Nov 2020

There's live racing from Navan, Cork and Exeter on Racing TV this Sunday and we've picked out five runners to look out for both this weekend, and for the season ahead.

Shadow Rider - 11.40 Navan

Made a real impression when winning his sole point-to-point start which resulted in a big-money purchase into the famous Green and Gold silks of JP McManus.

That was, however, 1009 days ago. Still only a six-year-old, it will be interesting to see if and how that long lay-off has affected this well-related type.

No doubt a longer-term prospect, connections will be hoping for a promising return to keep hopes of the horse fulfilling its potential alive!

Appreciate It12.55 Cork

Second in the Champion Bumper in March after being backed into 15/8 before the off, he currently sits third favourite in the ante-post betting for the Supreme next year, a race Willie Mullins has dominated in recent years.

All eyes will be on the six-year-old with sweeping judgements expected as he crosses the finish line, whether 10 lengths clear or pulled up! If you can’t get excited by horses like this, then you’re in the wrong game!

Blackbow1.45 Navan

A classy bumper horse back in the 2017-18 season, it’s clear things haven’t quite gone to plan since. He remains a maiden over hurdles after four attempts (sent off at odds-on each time!) and now tries chasing in a bid to record his first victory since February 2018.

The hope is that fences are the making of him and he can start to build on the promise he showed when fifth in the 2018 Champion Bumper. He may ultimately fall short of the top level, but it’s not hard to imagine him landing a valuable handicap pot somewhere down the line.

Frero Banbou - 14.08 Exeter

French recruit who showed a fair ability over obstacles when winning both his starts, he finished a well-beaten seventh of 10 on his first start on these shores in a novice hurdle at Ascot three weeks ago.

Connections have now switched him back to fences and he carries top weight on Sunday against a largely exposed field.

Both his victories in France came on very soft ground, so any rain will be in his favour and his initial mark of 127 could prove exploitable over the coming months.

Party Central - 15.30 Navan

Changed hands since her Tipperary bumper win, the four-year-old is now under the guidance of Gordon Elliott for owners Noel and Valerie Moran who have enjoyed plenty of recent success together.

‘The Codfather’ Jamie Codd rode her that day and keeps the ride on Sunday in what should be a race to follow through the rest of the season.

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