Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 21 November 2019

'DC' can wash them away, but Cloistered the best of bunch

Lyons supplies Ardhoomey in the main event but he may struggle to give weight to Washington DC. Photo: Stock image
Lyons supplies Ardhoomey in the main event but he may struggle to give weight to Washington DC. Photo: Stock image

Johnny Ward

On the eve of Ireland's biggest Jumps festival, Flat aficionados have a pleasant diversion in the shape of a thought-provoking Navan meet, the feature of which is the Listed Woodlands Stakes.

Ger Lyons spoke yesterday about Navan not even having enough fixtures, given the quality of the track. Certainly it struggles to attract patrons but the testing track, so wide, is really fair.

Lyons supplies Ardhoomey in the main event but he may struggle to give weight to Washington DC, impressive when winning here last May. He was in action a month ago at Meydan so fitness should not be an issue for Aidan O'Brien's sprinter.

The mile handicap has €50,000 on offer and the Lyons-trained son of Frankel, Lightening Fast, is a tentative selection now. Likely dropping back to a mile will suit, whereas stepping up to that distance can only play to the strengths of Gino Severini, which will keep finding under duress.

Attracted The €25,000 sprint handicap is also a well-contested event, consistent with the big fields the track attracted yesterday. Nathan Crosse has already ridden a winner for Willie McCreery and the pair have bright each-way prospects here with the hardy Petitcoatgovernment.

This fixture is replete with maidens, and there is little form to dissect in the first. At a big price, a chance is taken on Patrick Prendergast's Famous Affair, by Famous Name out of Plum Sugar, which was a useful and reliable sort for this stable. Homesman is put forward in the ten-furlong maiden for Ballydoyle, though stamina is a concern, with the filly Cloistered getting the nap allegiance in the mile event. Ti Amo is well-in in the finale for John Murphy.

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