Sunday 26 January 2020

Time To Work can get Carberry back in groove

Richard Forristal

Seven weeks after fracturing his collarbone in an incident on a skiing trip, Paul Carberry returns to action with three rides at Navan this afternoon.

With the Cheltenham Festival looming, Carberry will be keen to get back in the groove as soon as possible, and his first two mounts at the Meath track could take plenty of beating.

In the opening four-year-old hurdle, he rides Time To Work for Gordon Elliott.

The Davy Condon-ridden Narjawa also has a squeak for Elliott in this two-miler, but Time To Work appeals as nap material after making eye-catching late progress to finish third behind Bat Masterson on his jumping bow at Naas three weeks ago.

With Bat Masterson, third to Burrenbridge Lodge and Minsk last week, a reliable yardstick, that form looks solid.

In the subsequent equivalent for older horses, Carberry partners the former Michael Stoute representative Blissful Moment for Noel Meade.

Rated as high as 98 on the Flat, the 165,000gns October purchase now sports JP McManus' colours, and it will be a surprise if he doesn't have a big say in this 17-runner heat.

Willie Mullins' Perfect Gentleman -- a Cork bumper winner which finished second to Mini Vic on its first try over jumps at Thurles last month -- and Carrig Millie may pose the most serious threats.

The Michael Cullen-trained Carrig Millie was a respectable third to Star Neuville at Leopardstown over Christmas, so Davy Russell's booking is interesting now.

The McManus silks might also make the winner's enclosure courtesy of Like Your Style in the Follow Navan On Facebook Beginners' Chase and Fever Pitch in the two-mile handicap chase. Having run well behind Seabass on three occasions, Eddie Harty's Like Your Style, successful in a Fairyhouse maiden hurdle last time, sets the standard in a poor beginners'.

David Casey, who rides Like Your Style, also steers Fever Pitch for Arthur Moore. A hurdle winner at Tramore on good ground, this one has struggled on heavy going over fences so far. However, the official yielding to soft conditions will help now, and he makes his handicap debut off just 102.

Shootin The Breeze, which comprehensively outpointed the selection when scoring at Thurles recently, should go close again, but is a stone worse off here.

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