Thursday 27 April 2017

'Jewel' to deny Yorkshire raider Midgley

One Boy takes his chance in the first sprint handicap, while Giant Spark tackles the other, worth €16,000. (Stock picture)
One Boy takes his chance in the first sprint handicap, while Giant Spark tackles the other, worth €16,000. (Stock picture)

Johnny Ward

Paul Midgley's raid on Navan today, with Pat Smullen booked for both his horses, is the most compelling aspect of a useful midweek card.

One Boy takes his chance in the first sprint handicap, while Giant Spark tackles the other, worth €16,000.

Midgley said: "The main reason we're coming over, which may sound daft, is a lack of opportunities.

"Giant Spark was to run at Haydock at the weekend but the ground was too quick. He's in at Doncaster this weekend but probably won't get in. He really needs it proper soft or heavy but has a nice pot in him."

Asked if the favourable exchange rate enticed him over, the Yorkshire trainer said: "It'll be nice if we get some prize-money but not so much when I'm trying to buy horses soon at Goffs!"

Conditions may not be deep enough for Giant Spark and preference is for Rattling Jewel, which has been consistent and deserves a winning turn.

One Boy may have to give best to the Ana O'Brien-ridden Future Icon, which likes Navan and ultimately won readily here last time off 6lb lower.

The opening maiden is a useful event and Ger Lyons' locally-trained Imagine If is taken to go one better four days after a game effort at Naas. Porto Ferro and Ribbons 'N' Roses do not have a great deal to find.

Lyons can double up in the auction maiden with the promising Harbour Beacon, while Rose Anjou is primed to go close in the mile handicap after a nice Curragh run.

What are punters perusing the fillies' handicap to make of Dew Line, which is theoretically 18lb well-in? Her Naas effort on Sunday was exceptional but it may prove anomalous and preference is for the progressive Declan McDonogh-ridden Papal Parade.

Vigil let his many backers down at this track on his recent Flat debut, going down gamely and pulling miles clear of third. Likely he can get off the mark in the concluding maiden, though this is no cakewalk, with Consancio not far behind him then and Chocolat Noir set to appreciate the extra yardage now.

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