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Ruby Walsh: Black Hercules is the one to beat at Navan but it won’t be a stroll around.

Isleofhopendreams could turn into a nightmare, but back the Sub Lieutenant

by Ruby Walsh | February 13, 2016


Grade 2 Flyingbolt Novice Chase, 2.30pm

I start off in this three-runner contest and on ratings will probably be on the outsider of the three, Sambremont at .

Bryan Cooper rides Tell Us More for Gigginstown Stud and he could improve again going left-handed at Navan but Robbie Power on Ttebob set the standard.

Won two-in-a-row quickly before underperforming at Christmas against Douvan, but has had 50 days off since then by Jessica Harrington and there’s no Douvan in this race.

The best I can hope for if the other two go off too hard in front on testing ground and I’m left to pick up the pieces at the end.

Grade 2 Boyne Hurdle 2m 5f 3pm

Bryan Cooper has chosen the Dedigout over surprise Leopardstown winner Prince of Scars. But the Dedigout hasn’t run for 314 days so he must be showing Tony Martin something at home.  It could be between this pair.

Lieutenant Colonel was fourth on his re-appearance at Punchestown after finishing 10th to Cole Harden in the World Hurdle last season and should improve for that run. Val De Ferbet has his first run for Andrew McNamara after previously being with Willie Mullins. He has patches of form but hasn’t raced since June.

Ten Up Novice Chase (Grade 2) 4pm

This is a very good race and there may be a bit of value in the each-way market if all eight stay in.

Black Hercules won around here (beating Sambremont) before scoring at Warwick over three miles and looks the strongest of my two rides on Sunday. He’s the highest rated in the field but there are some really strong stayers in this.

Shantou Flyer has done nothing wrong all season while Measureofmydreams won well on his last start at Punchestown and Monksland split Outlander and Pont Alexandre at Leopardstown last weekend. I’d worry that this may come a bit early for Noel Meade’s runner but he jumped a lot better there at least.

Pleasant Company won at Punchestown and Sub Lieutenant wasn’t too far off Roi Des Francs and Pont Alexandre in a three-runner race at Naas last time out.

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Handicap Hurdle 4:30pm

Isleofhopendreams returns after a 723-day absence for Willie under Niall Kelly who can only claim 4lbs in this contest instead of his usual 7lbs. It’s a long time to be off and it’s a case of being more hopeful than confident in the conditions.

Flower Hill Flat Race 5pm

Blow by Blow lines up for the bumper and should be hard to beat. He was second to Tamlough Boy at Punchestown in December and has improved considerably for the run. There’s always plenty of chat about Jett but this heavy ground mightn’t suit Jessica Harrington’s runner.



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