Tar Heel sets the standard here but having his seventh start already, he might be vulnerable to improvers. The well bred SONG OF PEACE looked green on debut but the yard’s newcomers are often capable of much better second time out and he’s the suggestion in an open looking maiden. Cathkin Peak is bred for the job and respected here, as is I Am Magnetic who met a bit of trouble in running last time.
This is not the most competitive maiden on the card and it looks like a perfect opportunity for NA BLIANTA BEO to get her head in front. She’s been in good form on four of her five runs so far this season and she was only collared close home by a fast finisher from off the pace at the Curragh last time. The danger is Soul Seeker if he’s ready to go on his return from 300-day absence. Glow Worm has managed to hit the frame on eight occasions already and has a decent chance of doing so again here.
It’s going to be hard to see MAKE A CHALLENGE (NAP) beaten on ground he loves and he should have the measure of the likes of Urban Beat and Jungle Jane, who may have more to offer at this level.
Sense Of Style just about sets the standard on form here after her narrow defeat at Dundalk last time and she will have her supporters with this longer trip likely to suit but a chance is taken on the newcomer MADONNA. The Galileo filly is beautifully bred and while the yard’s newcomers do tend to need the run, this doesn’t look a particularly strong event; she’s taken to get off the mark.
An open race but it might be worth taking a chance on MOON FEVER who has a few positives in his favour. He ran a nice race on debut behind a few with experience at Killarney last time out and he’s already proven to some extent with plenty of cut in the ground. Kipling disappointed on return but may do better while the fillies Solene Lilyette and Theophile aren’t discounted.
It would be no surprise if soft ground was the key to DAVID GARRICK who is a son of Zoffany and he was impressive when getting his toe in at Cork last time; he’s taken to build on that with conditions likely to be testing once again here. Ambitious Approach is another last-time-out winner and he’s got his act together this season. Shatharaat has fallen to a dangerous mark and could be interesting on debut for a new yard.
hile he has to give weight away to a quality field, DEGRAVES is most interesting back on soft ground, given his impressive juvenile victories were achieved in similar conditions. Stablemate Galileo Chrome is an exciting horse in his own right while Red Kelly is progressing nicely and Gold Maze is also respected.
A nice dual purpose horse for the coming months, DIFFERENTIATE can make a successful return to the level following a nice run over hurdles at Tipperary a fortnight ago. Final Endeavour should be winning off his mark while Conor Hogan could be interesting if standing his ground.
The Racing Post’s tips for Navan on Saturday
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