Thursday 27 October 2016

Youngsters take in competitive Navan heat

Published 04/09/2015 | 22:24

Leath Na Hoibre
Leath Na Hoibre

Navan stages an all-Flat card on Saturday with the valuable 40,000 euro Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery the feature event on the seven-race fixture.

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Five of the nine runners are already maiden winners over this five-furlong trip, with previous Nursery winner Leath Na Hoibre, a winner over six, the only one to have won over further than today's minimum distance.

None of the nine have won on their latest starts, although top weight Blood Moon possesses a fine piece of recent form, having finished third in the Group Three Curragh Stakes.

However, Ger Lyons' stable jockey Colin Keane has sided with Birdcage and the Qatar Racing-owned filly might be able to win on her handicap debut, having shown a good level of ability on quick ground thus far.

The next most valuable event, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race, is worth half the feature's prize but is still well worth winning, with the Ado McGuinness-trained Bubbly Bellini looking to score a remarkable 17th career win.

McGuinness has done an excellent job with the eight-year-old and while well beaten on his latest Curragh start, has already won four times this year and would have claims with an ease in ground conditions.

Bubbly Bellini faces just five opponents with Jamesie now reverting to conditions company having failed on his latest four stakes efforts. The Dermot Weld-trained Alkasser has himself disappointed on his latest two handicap starts but does go well on a fast surface.

The opening Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Auction Maiden over five furlongs is an interesting event, with both the Tommy Stack-trained Aspar and Michael O'Callaghan's Moral High Ground bidding to recoup losses having both been well supported to win on debut recently.

Aspar must give away weight but was second in a well-contested maiden at the Curragh in July, while Moral High Ground was third in the Curragh maiden won by impressive Smash Williams recently. Both should play leading roles and the Patrick Prendergast-trained Go Kart also showed ability when second on debut at Dundalk.

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