The 12:30 at Navan is a maiden hurdle where Willie Mullins runs Francin. He’d an okay run on his only start for us last year in Leopardstown, but Entoucas (15/8), stepping up to two-and-a-half miles, chased home Klassical Dream on St Stephens’ Day last year. He could be the biggest danger.
The Monksfield Novice Hurdle at 1pm is a fascinating race with Abracadabras and Fury Road in the field. Both were impressive in their maiden hurdles. Abacadabras (11/10), in particular, stood out at Navan a fortnight ago. He steps up to two-and-a-half miles, I think he’s a very good horse and is the one for me in this race.
In the Beginners Chase at 2pm Willie Mullins runs Cash Back. He’s a forward-going, free-running, two-mile chaser. He’ll take some pegging back, but if there is one in it to do just that it could be I’m A Game Changer (15/8) for Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell.
The Troytown Handicap at 2.30pm has Discorama and Chris’s Dream who were both good novices last year. Mr Diablo ran a blinder in this race last year too, Mark Walsh has gone for Portmore Lough, and Willie Mullins runs Redhotfillypeppers, but I like Tower Bridge (7/1). He’s a Grade 1-winning novice hurdler and ran well in a beginners chase behind Tornado Flyer in Naas on his last start. The track, trip, ground, everything will suit him on Sunday.
And in the last race on Sunday I’ll go for Bigbadandbeautiful (13/8) for Gordon Elliott and Jamie Codd. They’re big and bad – well, I don’t know about bad – but neither of them are beautiful. This mare will win though.