A cloud hangs above the game in Ireland. The funeral of Pat Smullen took place on Friday and Dundalk's meeting was moved to allow people to pay their respects.
The show goes on with two meetings on Saturday. There is a meeting at Navan over jumps, while Dermot Weld has a strong hand at Gowran, which for so many years would have meant more winners for the great Smullen.
12.40 Navan: Risk Factor
Comfortably the best of these in terms of bumper form, he flopped at Galway but probably needed the run. He can leave that behind on this better ground and should win.
1.45 Navan: Long March
It might be worth taking a chance on this gelding, whose bumper form was quite promising. The handicapper seems to be wary of him as his opening mark looked high and he left him on 92 despite being beaten 20 lengths on his handicap debut, but that was not a bad start.
2.35 Gowran: Sir William Bruce
Made a most promising debut in the maiden won by the smart Fernando Vichi. He should come on masses from that, too, and can win at the main expense of Trusted Ally.
3.10 Gowran: Eldama
It’s been a hugely emotional week for the Weld stable. Eldama looked smart in her defeat at Fairyhouse and has a massive chance with more progress on the cards.
4.20 Gowran: Scherzando
This Shamardal gelding will be having his third run in ten days, having run well at Cork and Limerick on his past two starts. It looked like the soft ground beat him last time, when he faded late on, and on this better surface he looks very much the one to beat.
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