Ruby Walsh: This terrific trio can be nice and nifty at Navan

Horse racing’s top jockey casts his eye ahead to a big day of action at the Co Meath course and picks out his three fancies for punters…


Boyne Hurdle – 2.20pm

If Bapaume runs like he did in Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown than he’ll be right in with a big shout in the Boyne Hurdle at 2.20pm.

He was behind Apple’s Jade and Supasundae that day, that reads really well.

He didn’t travel well in the Irish Champion Hurdle a few weeks ago, but he was only a four-year-old and it’s hard for a horse of that age to beat older ones.

He’ll be improving all the way through the Spring, the trip will suit him and he should handle the ground, so the fingers are crossed for him.

Navan Membership Maiden Hurdle – 1.50pm

I’m tired of saying Antey’s home work is great and then he goes to the track to disappoint everyone, including me.

I’m afraid at this stage Antey will just have to go out and prove it.

He does work like a horse with loads of ability and the potential to win a lot of races, but he hasn’t shown that. It’s a watching brief until he does.

It’s a hot enough race this one and I’d be sure hoping he can win, because he can do things.

Ten Up Novice Chase – 4pm

I believe C’est Jersey’s owners were keen to see him try his hand in a graded race at home in  Ireland like the Ten Up Novice Chase at 4pm, rather than a beginners one over in England.

If he wins here – great, but if he doesn’t happen to win a graded one between now and the end of the season he’ll still be a novice next year.

However, I do reckon Monbeg Notorious on the basis of his Thyestes Handicap Chase win will be a hard horse to beat. That was a hell of a performance from a novice.

The other horses here, Jury Duty, Mossback and Moulin A Vent all ran against each other in Naas and there’s not much between them.

C’est Jersey’s is on form and he could be the freshest of these, as all the other have had a hard race not too long ago. But, if Monbeg Notorious reproduces his Thyestes run, he’ll take all the beating.

Flower Hill (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race – 5pm

Cemister is a nice little horse, who does go well at home. He is fit and ready to do himself justice in the Flower Hill (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race at 5pm.

He’s not the biggest horse in the world, but he keeps at it.

Cemister won’t be too far away from the winning post in this one.

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