navan 22nd Dec

Fri 21st Dec 2012, 13:30

There are six events over the smaller obstacles for punters to sink their teeth into at Navan even though the chases have been abandoned.

The fixture commences at 12.15 with the Slane Maiden Hurdle, and Sizing Gold should be able to capitalise on having his sights lowered after chasing home Don Cossack at this venue last month.

That said, Morning Assembly won a Punchestown bumper before making the frame at the Festival there, and could make Henry de Bromhead's smart prospect work if jumping proficiently.

The best contest of the afternoon is the Christmas Novice Hurdle and while only attracting four runners, three of those arrive on the back of last-start victories.

Willie Mullins' Touch The Eden is probably the one to beat after creating a strong impression on his first outing since arriving from France at Thurles.

Art Of Logistics started his jumping career with a Down Royal triumph, while Sizing Jo'Burg did likewise at Downpatrick.

The field is completed by Ted Veale, who is certainly no forlorn hope after filling the runner-up berth in a Grade Three at this circuit.

Rockyaboya let down favourite-backers on a couple of starts over timber but could help Patrick Mullins break the record outright for most winners in a year by an amateur in the Christmas Greetings Handicap Hurdle.

Quickpick Vic was strongly fancied on his Fairyhouse introduction and while he was put in his place by Owen Mc, the winner is exciting and Tony Martin's five-year-old will be expected to go one better in the Athlumney INH Flat Race.

The 2013 Membership 'The Ideal Xmas Present' Handicap Hurdle has been split and Tyrone Tiger tries to atone for a costly Cork defeat in the first instalment, while recent point-to-point scorer Chance A Grand attempts to repeat the feat under Rules in the second.

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