Tuesdays Navan card is the host to four Grade Two races including the rescheduled Red Mills Chase which is headed by dual winner Rubi Light. The action gets under way at 1.05 with the Follow Navan On Facebook Maiden Hurdle.
Only four runners go to post for the rescheduled Red Mills Steeplechase at 1:35. Rubi Light has won this renewal the last two years in its regular venue at Gowran Park. He was a disappointing when failing raise an effort behind Flemenstar and Sir Des Champs in the John Durkan at Punchestown but Robbie Hennessy’s charge showed mass improvement when pushing Sizing Europe close over 2m in the Dial-A-Bet at Leopardstown over Christmas.
The trip that day was too short and todays distance should see an improvement again. Foildubh is the biggest threat as he get plenty of weight off the other runners. He was 10 lengths behind Sizing Europe in the Tied Cottage recently and could improve again today. Hidden Cyclone and Chicago Grey need to improve on recent efforts to trouble the market leader.
Classy hurdler Thousand Stars leads the field in the second Grade Two of the day, the Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle at 2:05. His most recent outing saw him take second in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown to Champion Hurdle favourite Hurricane Fly. Knowing his class and ability he is difficult to oppose. The step up in trip today will also suit Mullins’ star. Un Beau Matin has been impressive since arriving on these shores.
The race is sure to be run at blistering pace with Whatyouthink making the running from the drop of the flag. The rest of the field will be playing catch up and the final two furlongs could be decided by who has the most pace between Thousand Stars and Un Beau Matin. Thousand Stars is 1/2 and it could be worth having small money on Gordon Elliot’s five year old at 6/1 to beat Mullins’ nine year old for pace in the finish as he is carrying nine pounds less. No value is represented in Thousand Stars odds on price.
The Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle at 3:10 could be a good opportunity for Hazariban to claim his first victory for Seamus Fahey. The 4yo son of Kahyasi has been a consistent performer in maiden hurdle company and he looks well treated on a mark of 102.
He makes his handicap debut today and capable claimer Kevin Sexton will take a valuable four pounds off and a good performance can be expected from the gelding. Stop the clock may also be well treated off a mark of 100 and could cause problems for the selection.
The Flyingbolt Novice Steeplechase at 3:45 holds strong entries. Buckers Bridge is perhaps the most interesting. He ran a poor race on his most recent outing but excuses could be made for that below par performance.
The Henry De Bromhead trained gelding won his first four career starts prior to that run and could be good enough to take this today. Twinlight is seeking a four timer today and seems to be the biggest danger. Dedigout is a classy horse but is unproven over this shorter trip.
Tofino Bay looks the selection in the Irish Form Book Ten Up Novice Steeplechase at 4:20. Dessie Hughes’s 10 year old seems to be the class act of the field and will take some beating. Terminal is perhaps his biggest danger but will not have enough to deprive him of victory in this Grade Two.