Preview navan 20th May

Fri 19th May 2017, 14:40


The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Yeats Stakes is the feature race at Navan on Saturday and Aidan O'Brien looks to hold a typically strong hand with Belgravia and Finn McCool representing team Ballydoyle.

The latter broke his maiden here back in October and has been highly tried since, but the former impressed when landing a Leopardstown maiden recently and he looks to be making the most significant progress.

Haripour, a half-brother to last year's Epsom Derby hero Harzand, has yet to set the world alight but is surely capable of better, while Gowran Park debut scorer Naughty Or Nice, the only filly in the line-up, steps up in class for John Oxx and must be respected.

There is a decent prize on offer in the Handicap and old favourite Maarek could be worth considering from the top of the weights following a good run in Listed company here last time.

Ostatnia is likely to prove a real threat if getting a strong pace to chase down, while there should be plenty more to come from lightly-raced Naas winner Miss Power.

Racing gets underway with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at 2:25 and Caesar's Comet is particularly interesting having made an introduction full of promise when finishing fourth on his Dundalk debut back in January.

Juveniles take centre stage in the subsequent Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden and plenty will be expected of Guessthebill as he bids to build on his Naas debut second last month.

Johnny Murtagh's charge only narrowly missed out on that occasion and might just have too many guns for Himmah, who caught the eye on his first start here recently.

Clongowes bids to finally break his duck in the Matthews Agri Maiden but his losing run is mounting up, while Bainne will need to improve again to cope with the 4lb rise incurred for her narrow Curragh triumph.

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There is not much attention given to national hunt racing in the summer months, by punters or by the media. It is, of course, understandable given that our attention is focused on the flat season: the action at Royal Ascot, the Classics and the rest of the elements that define the summer racing season. Some punters might have a dabble at an ante post bet for Cheltenham next year, but by and large we forget about it until the autumn.