Tyner's Ice can prove too hot to handle for Navan rivals
There promises to be a fairly even spread of the spoils on what amounts to little more than an industry card at Navan this afternoon.
Robert Tyner, who makes his way up from Kinsale with just one runner, supplies the nap selection in the shape of Its The Ice I Like.
The second horse in Tyner's yard to sport JP McManus' colours following the successful hurdling debut of Whatwillwecallher at Limerick last month, Its The Ice I Like will bid to follow suit in this afternoon's two-mile maiden hurdle under Philip Enright.
A point-to-point winner in the spring, this one landed a Clonmel bumper in comprehensive fashion just over a month ago. Quite how good he might be remains to be seen, but he certainly ought to be up to obliging in what is a relatively poor race.
Ruby Walsh partners Avoca King for Willie Mullins, but that one has had just five previous outings at nine years of age, and didn't look poised to set the world alight when third at Thurles recently.
James Devereux's I Wonder Now, third to Dunguib in a Grade Two bumper here in 2008, has the best form in the race.
However, he too has had problems, and this is his first start since finishing second on his jumping bow at Killarney in May of last year.
Tony Martin's Askmeroe should take plenty of beating in the subsequent handicap hurdle for the Co Meath handler. Bay Of Kotor turns out quickly here after getting off the mark at Fairyhouse on Saturday, but isn't fancied to double up under his penalty.
While Askmeroe is hardly a beacon of dependability, his hurdle mark is favourable, he will go in the heavy ground and he has the considerable assistance of Ruby Walsh.
Noel Meade could be the one best placed to secure a brace, with the Davy Russell-ridden Tackmaster fancied to cope better with conditions than Jenari in the opening novice.
In the two-and-a-half-mile maiden, Meade relies on the January bumper scorer Knockgraffon King, which may not have its fitness thoroughly examined in this company under Paul Carberry.