Ruby Walsh: Unexposed Dolciano Dici could be a player at Navan

'Quick Grabim has been spectacular this year, but giving 7lbs to the Gigginstown House runner is a big ask....'


Navan 13.05pm

The more I look at it, it could be very difficult for Quick Grabim to give 7lbs to the Gordon Elliott-trained Felix Desjy. He was a very good bumper horse and was very good at Galway on his debut over hurdles.

Quick Grabim has been spectacular this year, but giving 7lbs to the Gigginstown House runner is a big ask.

If he does manage to do it, he’ll likely head to the Royal Bond Hurdle at Fairyhouse in three weeks’ time. He’d be a major player there too if he could win at Navan.

Navan 13.35pm

Apple’s Jade won this race last year so her Gigginstown House connections will be hoping she can do it again this year. She was brilliant at four and five-years-old, but did taper off a little as a six-year-old. Time will tell whether she’s back to her best.

Apple's Jade

Navan 14.10pm

Listen Dear runs into race-fit rivals in Ballyoisin and Ordinary World and would have to put up a career-best performance. She seems in good form and 2m appears to be her best trip but she should improve for the run.

Navan 14.40pm

Dolciano Dici only had the one run for us last year when finishing fourth at Naas to stablemate Sandsend in a Grade 3 Hurdle.

He is really unexposed, so we don’t really know how good he could be.

He has been working and schooling really well at home though and Paul Townend rides him.

This looks a good novice chase with Campeador and Duca De Thaix from the Gordon Elliott yard, while Jetz runs for Jessica Harrington.

Navan 15.15pm

I had to wait until Katie retired to ride Oscars Den for my dad! He was down the field in Listowel, but is fit and well in what looks a very competitive handicap.

Navan 15.45pm

Patrick Mullins rides Getaway North who seems to have come on a bit from his Down Royal run. He shouldn’t be far away.

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What do you think?