Sunday, 16 December 2018


12:00 PM - Irish Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle

The powerhouse Gigginstown team look unstoppable in this race, especially considering recent course second Momus is arguably the support act to their BATTLEOVERDOYEN. Gordon Elliott's charge was snapped up for 235,000 pounds less than a week after winning a point-to-point in April last year and patience was rewarded when he reappeared to win a Punchestown bumper by over six lengths at Punchestown last month. He is taken to remain unbeaten here. Barry Geraghty rides Pike County out of the five JP McManus-owned runners, though Denise Foster's charge will have to improve on his modest effort at Down Royal last month.

Watch out for: MOMUS (6)
212:30 PM - Navan Novice Hurdle (Grade 2)

EASY GAME got up in the shadow of the post to land a Grade 3 over this course and distance last time and Ruby Walsh keeps the partnership intact as they bid for another Pattern-race success. His trainer Willie Mullins also has Getareason in the contest, though his recent efforts in Listed company leave him with a fair bit to find. Joseph O'Brien saddles the JP McManus-owned Rhinestone, a narrow winner at Naas on his hurdling bow, and the Gigginstown runner Choungaya, though that powerhouse ownership team have stronger claims with Gordon Elliott's duo Defi Bleu and Monbeg Worldwide, who bids for a hat-trick of wins after bagging a brace at Fairyhouse.

Top Tip: EASY GAME (7)
Watch out for: MONBEG WORLDWIDE (5)
31:00 PM - Tara Handicap Hurdle (Grade B)

Gordon Elliott has won the last two renewals of this contest and has plenty going for him today, with Dinaria Des Obeaux marginally preferred ahead of De Plotting Shed, Ball D'Arc, Squouateur and Stooshie. Jessie Harrington runs recent course winner Walk To Freedom as well as Law Girl and Jack Fiasco, but this could go the way of Paul Nolan and ROOSTER BYRON. The seven-year-old signed off last spring with a hat-trick of successes and appeared to be in fine fettle on his return when third at Cork last month. Off the same mark here, he could be hard to beat. Willie Mullins saddles both Orion D'Aubrelle and Calie Du Mesnil, who also merit respect in a typically competitive contest.

Watch out for: DINARIA DES OBEAUX (6)
41:30 PM - John Lynch Carpets Maiden Hurdle

DIAMOND TURF was no match for a race-fit rival in First Approach at Down Royal on his hurdling debut and, with that experience under his belt, he can only improve with the extra distance likely to suit. Atlantic Shore won a point-to-point at Knockanard in February and makes some appeal on his Rules debut for Philip Fenton, while Denwork looks best of the remainder on his third to Defi Bleu at Navan.

Watch out for: ATLANTIC SHORE (1)
52:05 PM - Free Racecourse WiFi At Navan Rated Novice Chase

SIR CARNO improved from his chase debut when runner-up to Game Of War at Thurles last month and he looks set to take another step forward with the extra couple of furlongs to suit. He's No Molly won his last two outings over timber in the autumn and doesn't have many miles on the clock with this being his fifth start, while Stowaway Forever is respected on his past couple of outings at Fairyhouse and Naas.

Top Tip: SIR CARNO (8)
Watch out for: HE'S NO MOLLY (3)
62:35 PM - Handicap Chase

ALLEE BLEUE is well handicapped if able to recapture some of his older form and he has joined Gordon Elliott since his latest outing at Kempton in March when a well-beaten favourite. This looks a very winnable contest on paper and he could prove too strong for the likes of Bitsandpieces, who showed up well at Clonmel earlier in the month, and Well Tom, who steps back up in trip having fallen in a Grade 2 at Punchestown last time.

Top Tip: ALLEE BLEUE (3)
Watch out for: BITSANDPIECES (1)
73:10 PM - 'Future Champions' Flat Race (Listed)

ENVOI ALLEN made a taking start to his Rules career when winning what is normally a well-contested bumper, beating Port Stanley by four lengths at Fairyhouse a fortnight ago. The fact his trainer, Gordon Elliott, turns him out so quickly in an event where he has sent his better bumper horses in years gone by, including Samcro (2016) and Don Cossack (2011), speaks volumes about how he is regarded. Midnight Run won nicely on his debut at Galway and is a full-brother to this year's Champion Bumper runner-up Carefully Selected, while Well Set Up won impressively at Down Royal in January and is respected being a half-sister to Grade 2-winning hurdler On The Blind Side.

Top Tip: ENVOI ALLEN (3)
Watch out for: MIDNIGHT RUN (4)

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