Saturday 17 March 2018

Glenquest can take Navan old-timers' prize

Glenquest is enjoying a rich vein of form
Glenquest is enjoying a rich vein of form
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Stuart Crawford has found a decent opportunity for Glenquest to add to his fine recent returns in a €16,000 veterans' handicap chase at Navan tomorrow.

Just five horses have been declared for the three-miler, and none of the other four possess the same credentials as Crawford's 12-year-old. Jimmy Mangan's Letter Of Credit was an honest second to Toon River at Gowran Park, but he is up two pounds for that, leaving him conceding five pounds to Glenquest here.

Despite being the oldest in the field, Glenquest is enjoying a rich vein of form. A course hurdle winner over two miles in November, he was a gallant third in the Welsh Grand National, before again successfully reverting to the smaller obstacles at Down Royal earlier this month.

He is clearly enjoying a new lease of life, so he is strongly fancied to collect for Andrew Lynch off a pound higher mark than he ran off at Chepstow. There are a number of old-stagers on duty in the following two-miler as well, as well as a couple of less exposed sorts like the JP McManus duo of The Parishioner and White Arm.

It is an open contest, but the suspicion is that Liz Doyle's Reality Dose might be the one to keep on side. The Sean Flanagan-ridden 11-year-old has fallen to a mark of 89, which is the rating that he last won off at Naas just over a year ago. On Reality Dose's first outing back off this mark at the same Down Royal fixture recently, he ran his best race for some time when second to Keep On Track in first-time blinkers.

If he backs that up now, there is every chance that he will collect. Barry Connell's Sam Red gets the nod for Alan Fleming and Adrian Heskin in the juveniles' hurdle, while Jim Dreaper's Sizing Titanium has done enough to suggest that he is the one to beat in the older horses' maiden under Jonathan Burke.

The day's nap is Tony Martin's Anibale Fly in the bumper. A son of Assessor that had just turned five for its debut at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day, Anibale Fly ran really well on that occasion, keeping on gamely to chase home Gordon Elliott's Jetstream Jack, a promising son of Beneficial that had just won a point-to-point.

If Anibale Fly improves for that experience under Donagh Meyler, he should win.

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