Navan has Silver lining for Condon
SILVER TASSIE is fancied to continue his good run of form by taking the featured Albany Hurdle for Noel Meade and Davy Condon at Navan this afternoon.
Balynaclash Warior, Croghill Tuppence and Fairy Court are all recent maiden winners among the nine runners for the €13,000 contest.
However, Silver Tassie is by far the best quality contender, as his last three hurdle starts have all been very smart.
Second to Top Cat Henry at Wexford in July, he subsequently relished the step up to three miles when running out a facile winner at Downpatrick.
On Silver Tassie's latest outing at Listowel, he ran a blinder to go down by a neck to Lots Of Memories, with the drop to two-and-a-half-miles counting against him when the winner displayed more toe up the run in.
Back over a more suitable two miles and six furlongs then, he ought to prove extremely hard to beat here under Condon (right).
In the opening maiden hurdle, Condon's fellow Cork native Davy Russell can land the day's nap on Pat Martin's Donatis Comet.
With 18 runners on fast ground, this could prove less straightforward than it looks, but Donatis Comet's form is the pick of what's on offer.
A triple bumper winner that also scored on the Flat last year, he has been second in each of his three hurdle starts to date, latterly behind Run For Firth at Galway. If he reproduces that level of performance in this company, he should be good enough.
The hurling-mad champion jockey will doubtless make a beeline for Croke Park after dismounting Minella Fiveo in the second maiden hurdle and it would be no surprise were he to depart with a brace.
Liz Lalor's The Shaughraun is one of the main threats here following its third to Balynaclash Warior at Listowel, but Minella Fiveo might just have his measure.
John Nallen's five-year-old has been placed on both of his hurdle starts to date, emerging with plenty credit when a narrow third to Rossvoss at Galway earlier in the month.