Johnny Ward's Irish Angle: Early Call worth making note of at 25-1

By Johnny Ward
Fri 7 Jun 2019

It is quite a thing that Aidan O'Brien would have provided the first five home in the Derby last weekend had Madhmoon not finished second.

Kevin Prendergast, the trainer of the runner-up, will decide whether or not to tackle the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby or drop back in distance with the son of Dawn Approach, while O’Brien has five middle-distance colts - by Galileo, Australia or Camelot - to look forward to this term.

Indeed, the Irish Derby at the end of this month could make into quite a race.

One colt who will not be there is Up Helly Aa, by Galileo out of Matron winner Fiesonala. He produced a sparkling display at Gowran recently and is one to put in your Racing TV trackers.

Navan on Saturday is the only meeting in Ireland this weekend and I have two fancies.

3.25 Navan: Early Call at 25-1 with bet365

Ben Coen stays loyal to this son of Tough As Nails, who admittedly has been disappointing on his past two starts. At Down Royal last time, he did not enjoy a particularly good trip and ran better than the bare result.

Early Call’s form at Navan reads 43220474 and he has come down the handicap.

His high draw should be no issue and it will be interesting to see if there is any track bias. His run here two runs back when fourth would give him a solid each-way chance, yet he is a much bigger price on this occasion.

4.35 Navan: Istoria at 15-2 with bet365

Istoria, a daughter of Camelot, wears a hood - as was the case on her debut at Cork a month ago when she finished third in a ten-furlong maiden.

That was a race notable for hot favourite, Search For A Song, being scratched because she refused to load.

However, the runner up Camphor had gone close over the same course and distance on debut and seemed well-fancied.

This is a hot enough maiden but Istoria is a more certain stayer than Kiss For A Jewel, who is the general 6-4 favourite.

Nan Yehi, another by Camelot, did not really seem to improve at Naas last time but remains promising. She is a 10-1 chance.

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