Sport Horse Racing

Monday 22 January 2018

Bob has room for improvement


The Grade One Navan Novice Hurdle, formerly known as the Barry and Sandra Kelly Memorial Hurdle, is the highlight of today's action at the Co Meath track.

However, the four-runner line-up is a big disappointment given that the prize money on offer is altogether worth €70,000.

The race itself has been a fair guide to the Neptune Hurdle with the likes of Mikael D'Haguenet and the subsequently unlucky Oscars Well winning recent renewals.

Today's race looks to be between Gordon Elliott's Mount Benbulben and Willie Mullins' Boston Bob. Both are course and distance winners but while Mount Benbulben may be a more solid option betting-wise, there was a lot to like about the way Boston Bob won his maiden hurdle in impressive fashion.

With more improvement likely, he can take this in a race that may well be run very slowly with no confirmed front-runner. That very factor could be the undoing of Ipsos Du Berlais, which was turned over as hot favourite in a crawl at Down Royal previously.

The Grade Two hurdle proceeding today's feature event is similarly disappointing numbers-wise but not short in quality with Zaidpour and Prima Vista closely matched. Preference is for the former, which will have the ground he needs today.

Don Cossack was impressive last time out and can take the Grade Two bumper for Gordon Elliott.

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