Johnny Ward's Irish Angle: Three top tips for Navan on Sunday

By Johnny Ward
Sat 20 Feb 2021

Dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll seeks to get back on track at Navan on Sunday.

The hugely popular veteran will bid to put a poor run at Cheltenham behind him in the Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle (2.47pm), though the ground will not be ideal for him.

Three graded races at the County Meath track mean we have plenty to look forward to at the end of a week hammered by abandonments.

2.47 Navan: Darasso at 12-1 with Ladbrokes and Coral

I tipped this horse up for last year's Unibet Champion Hurdle, which seems about five years ago.

His best performance was probably when winning a chase here and his run in the Galmoy Hurdle last time out was more like it, as I don't think he stays three miles.

He is interesting now and doesn't have the Galmoy Hurdle winner, Sams Profile, to worry about here.

3.25 Navan: Angels Dawn at 10-1 with Coral

Given she has yet to win a race, this is interesting placing from Sam Curling, but this mare has already shown pretty smart form and she did not get home when running a blinder at Thurles last time.

Everything is in place here for a big run.

4.35 Navan: Hidden Dilemma at 20-1 with Bet365

The step up in trip should be key for this mare, who has hinted she is returning to form.

Stuart Crawford's last seven runners have all finished in the first six, and this mare relishes bad ground.

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