Thursday 26 April 2018

Bellshill primed for Navan assignment


Bellshill could face up to 11 rivals as he looks to make it two from two over obstacles in Sunday's Navan Novice Hurdle.

Winner of the Champion Bumper at last season's Punchestown Festival, the Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old made an impressive start to his career over hurdles at Cork last month and is set to test the water at Grade Two level this weekend.

Mullins has also entered Bleu Et Rouge, also a maiden hurdle winner on the same Cork card, as well as Gowran scorer Stone Hard.

Other contenders include the Noel Meade-trained Disko, Christy Roche's Naas winner Chesterfieldavenue and Gordon Elliott's trio Cogryhill, Jetstream Jack and Tycoon Prince.

Mullins' dual bumper winner Balko Des Flos is one of a host of interesting entries in the Irish Stallion Owners European Breeders Fund Maiden Hurdle.

The champion trainer's Tell Us More could make his debut over fences in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Beginners Chase, a race that also features the high-class Fine Article from Paul Nolan's yard.

The 'Future Champions' INH Flat Race is a fascinating finale, with Dermot Weld's Don't Tell No One and Jessica Harrington's stunning Punchestown winner Our Duke among the possibles.

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