The graded race at Navan on Saturday, with just three runners and two owners represented, suggests again that the Irish race programme might benefit from a little attention. Perhaps Andy Dufresne has scared the others off.
The rest of the card, thankfully, is both interesting and more competitive.
Of particular excitement is The Big Getaway, who could be a class apart in the beginners’ chase. The maiden hurdles also look strong but I’ve two very alluring handicap fancies that I will be concentrating upon.
A 14-length winner of her only start in point-to-points, she won a bumper by a big margin, and ran well all three hurdling starts, running against smart horses, notably when second in a staying Grade 3 in which Darrens Hope - who hacked up in a Listed race recently - finished a well-beaten third.
A stoutly-bred sort, she could be massive value here as Paul Townsend couldn’t do this weight even if he wanted to and, despite her being out of the handicap, Willie Mullins could have one very well-treated here on just her fourth hurdles start. Rachael Blackmore rarely rides for Mullins but they’ve combined for six winners. Among the opposition,At The Acorn is noted at a price too.
A cracking race, with Massey's Wood (who did us a favour last time) probably sill feasible, Saturnas off a huge layoff and Treacysenniscorthy another to consider.
But Bois De Clamart was moving really nicely when making a tame enough unseat on his handicap debut having been strong in the market. He looks a potentially very well-handicapped horse and makes plenty of each-way appeal.
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