Tuesday 25 June 2019

McDonogh can find route to Navan success with Pensylvania Avenue

Declan McDonogh. Photo: Sportsfile
Declan McDonogh. Photo: Sportsfile

Joe Fennessey

There is an early start to Navan this afternoon with the first race due off at 12.35pm and there is €50,000 on offer for the Royal County Handicap.

Despite the big pot for the three-year-old event, just six runners are going to face the starter here and it might be the newest father in the weighroom, Declan McDonogh, who bags another winner on PENSYLVANIA AVENUE (2.45, Navan).

McDonogh has been in terrific form of late with seven winners in the last few weeks. One of those was Pensylvania Avenue and this son of Zoffany can score again for local trainer Gordon Elliott.

A winner as a two-year-old last season, Pensylvania Avenue should relish this step up in trip to 10 furlongs for the first time and that should help him defy the 7lb hike he got for winning at Killarney last time out.

McDonogh could go on to complete a double on ROMANTIC PROPOSAL (3.55, Navan) who has strong form in the concluding www.navanracecourse.ie Maiden for Eddie Lynam.

The opening maiden may go the way of Joseph O'Brien and champion apprentice Shane Crosse who team up with AIR FORCE JET (12.35, Navan). The horse went close at Naas first time out.

The National Hunt action of the day comes at Tramore where there could be a local winner in OURAULDMAN (3.0, Tramore) who can go in again for Henry de Bromhead and Davy Russell.

Willie Mullins and Paul Townend have a decent chance in the Sands Hotel Tramore Mares Beginners Chase with CONTINGENCY (3.35, Tramore).

The champion trainer sends SAVINA (4.40, Tramore) down for the concluding bumper.

Elliott has a chance of sending out the winner of the most valuable Flat prize in Ireland today and the trainer has claims in tomorrow's richest race as well.

Kilmurray's Homevalue Hardware Mullingar Handicap Chase may well go the way of ALLEE BLEUE (4.55, Kilbeggan tomorrow) on his fourth start for the trainer.

Davy Russell has the first pick on all of Elliott's at the moment with Jack Kennedy sidelined and SASSY YET CLASSY (2.35, Kilbeggan) and DUKE'S GIRL (3.45, Kilbeggan) are others who have strong claims for that combination tomorrow.

The former champion jockey has a good book of rides on tomorrow's card as he also partners EAMON HIGH (4.20, Kilbeggan) for De Bromhead.

Listowel stages a two-day Bank Holiday weekend fixture which starts tomorrow with an all-Flat card.

Chris Hayes can continue his good start to the season there with a winner for Fozzy Stack on IIEX EXCELSA (4.40, Listowel).

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