Recent fitness and the step-up in trip should be enough to see SURIN get off the mark over fences and win the opening mares Beginners Chase at Thurles on Thursday. She was a Grade 3 winner over hurdles at Naas for Gordon Elliott and her recent start at Fairyhouse will bring more improvement having been off the track since February.
It’s a positive that Luke Dempsey takes the ride today after he guided the mare to victory in the Fishery Lane Hurdle last November. Elsewhere, lightly raced Gin On Lime looks the main danger on debut for Henry De Bromhead – the four-year-old filly is receiving weight all-round and looks an interesting contender on her comeback run since Naas in February.
Willie Mullins has won two of the last three renewals of this mares’ maiden hurdle with True Self claiming success in 2017 and Rebal Og last year, and the champion trainer can secure victory again on Thursday with BERET ROUGE. The five-year-old was an impressive winner of a Roscommon bumper in June before making mistakes in the closing stages when second at Listowel under today’s jockey Patrick Mullins last month.
The drop back in trip looks a positive and with the experience from Listowel under her belt, she could have the edge over both Lunar Display for Joseph O’Brien and Colm Murphy’s Botani.
All eyes are on the Eddie Lynam trained EARLS in this 5f handicap with the three-year-old down in trip and returning quickly after victory over six-furlongs at Fairyhouse on Tuesday. The son of Dream Ahead has been consistent this season and seems to be enjoying his racing in recent months with a previous success at Sligo in August and good runs at both Down Royal and Limerick.
He’s shown versatility on the ground and the booking of Mikey Sheehy looks a positive with his valuable 7-pound claim. Elsewhere, former course and distance winner, Truth Prevails looks the biggest danger having raced back into form recently for trainer Willie McCreery.
The staying handicap at the backend of the Navan card looks competitive with plenty in with chances, and I like the Harry Rogers trained BOLERO to break her maiden today. The former Marcus Tregoning trained mare is lightly raced with only four career starts and two third place finishes to her name this season. Her run behind Barrington Court at Bellewstown in August reads well with Jessica Harrington’s mare winning the listed Bluebell Stakes last weekend.
Gavin Ryan remains in the saddle and she runs off the same mark of 60 following her latest start behind Thefaithfullindian at the Curragh last week and looks a solid each-way player.
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