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Ruby Walsh: I’ve some serious chances at Navan on Sunday while this 13/2 eye-catcher could be a value play

by Ruby Walsh | December 12, 2015

 

Cork has been abandoned this morning, but there’s still a day’s racing at Navan, and here’s what I’ve got my eye on

 

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Maiden Hurdle 12.00

Balkos des Flos looks the one to beat in Navan’s opener but Bryan Cooper rides him as he’s owned by Gigginstown Stud. I ride Call it Magic for Ross O’Sullivan and he looks a decent ride and has won a point-to-point and a bumper and could be the one to chase the favourite home.

Grade 3 Novice S’chase 12.30

Ttebbob impressed me when winning his beginners chase at Thurles. I was standing down at the second-last and he went past me at a rate of knots and looks sure to improve again even though he’s upped in class.

He could take some catching here on Sunday.

Grade 2 Navan Novice Hurdle 1.00

This is a very good race even though there’s only four runners. Belshill was was impressive when winning his maiden hurdle at Cork and was probably our best bumper horse last season.

He’s an exciting prospect and one you’re definitely thinking could go on to the Cheltenham Festival next March.

The 2m 4f trip will suit him and I’ll be disappointed if he’s beaten.

Gordon Elliott’s Tycoon Prince’s winning run ended here the last time out but if he bounced back to his best he a very live danger while Chesterfieldavenue looked very good at Naas.

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Tara Handicap Hurdle 1.30pm

I ride The Crafty Butcher who is very consistent which is a plus, but on the flip side he looks in the grip of the handicapper now because he always run a solid, honest race. Rossvoss could be well in off bottom weight for Dad and Katie while Noel Meade’s Harvey Logan was a real eye-catcher when second on his debut at Fairyhouse to De Benno. He should strip fitter for that outing and can go close.

EBF Beginners S’chase 2.05pm

The 2m 1f Beginners Chase looks competitive but McKinley is a Grade One winner over hurdles as a novice. He’s schooled very well at home and can transfer his homework and hurdles form to the larger obstacles, he could be the one they all have to beat.

NH Flat Race 2m 3.35pm

Babbling Stream is talented but after running out at Punchestown last April I’d take a watching brief until he proves that was just a one off and he behaves himself on the track.

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