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Saturday horse racing tips: Angus McNae's best bets at Navan

By Angus McNae
Sat 21 Jan 2023

Sadly, Haydock has been abandoned this morning, but we still have racing from Navan to look forward to on Racing TV this afternoon.

I have managed to find four selections there, and it could be a very good day for the Willie Mullins team!

Tom Stanley, Nick Luck and Steve Mellish will be in the Racing TV studio (live from 11.15am) discussing a range of different topics between races at Navan, so if you have any questions for them, please send your emails to: studio@racingtv.com.



12.00 Navan: Intranet

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This five-year-old looked to be a classy recruit to hurdling when winning on his debut at Punchestown and the form of that race is working out well, with two future winners emerging from the first four home.

Intranet was then thought good enough to take on Facile Vega at Leopardstown in the Grade One Paddy Power Future Champion Novices hurdle, but he seemed to find that outing coming too soon in his development, and could only manage fifth.

However, the drop back in grade here gives him a good chance of resuming his progression and fulfilling his potential.

1.07 Navan: Belle Metal

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This mare disappointed last time out when quite well supported, although I think she can bounce back today at a track where she has won before.

She won a mares maiden hurdle here last March and failed to progress after that, but it was her first run for seven months when pulled up at Limerick when last seen and she is entitled too be fitter for that reappearance.

The strong support for her that day suggests that a decent run was expected and she may well reward supporters today if they keep the faith with her. She can provide the in-form Willie Mullins with another winner.

2.52 Navan: Tenzing

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I tipped his six-year-old up last time out when he finished a good second to stable companion Ramillies at Thurles.

That effort came after a very promising chasing debut when he finished third to the useful Gerri Colombe, and those two bits of form rate Tenzing as the clear form pick here.

Three miles on heavy ground here is ideal for him and he rates as a strong selection in this Beginners Chase.

3.27 Navan: Spancil Hill

Since moving yards, this horse has been revitalised and his second at Punchestown last time out entitles him to run very well here.

He races off the same mark today and, given that he tended to jump to his left last time out, returning to a left-handed track will help him.

This is also a track that suits horses who race prominently, and that is how he normally races. With doubts about plenty of his opponents, the selection looks capable of getting off the mark for his new yard.

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