Review Navan 2nd Apr

Sat 2nd Apr 2016, 17:40

Smashing and Jonathan Burke lead Road To Riches away from the last
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Smashing (9-4) claimed the scalp of Road To Riches in the Webster Cup Chase at Navan.

Henry de Bromhead's grey was pulled up in the Ryanair at Cheltenham, in which Road To Riches was third, but is happier on home soil and dictated terms to suit himself.< Road To Riches loomed up and may have even touched down over three out in a slight lead, butp>Smashing had yet to be asked for maximum effort and one he was, he battled hard to account for Noel Meade's odds-on favourite by half a length.

Thebarrowman was all the rage for the Annual Family Day 15th May (C & G) Maiden Hurdle but gave punters who took the 1-2 a bit of a scare.

Having made his own running, Davy Russell was suddenly joined by Craiganboy two out and after seeing off that threat, then had to dig deep to keep the staying-on Stand Up And Fight half a length at bay.

West Bridge looked like justifying favouritism in the Boardsmill Sires EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle when going clear after the last flight.

However, she hadn't bargained on Paddy Kennedy bringing the Jessie Harrington-trained Msmilan (14-1) with a last-gasp run and she managed to topple the market leader in the shadows of the post.

All The Chimneys (10-1) took a while to get his head in front but finally did so at Cork last month and followed up with a determined defeat of Admiral Brian in the www.meridiansecurity.ie Handicap Hurdle.

Smart chaser Heathfield (8-1) capitalised on a comparatively lenient timber figure in the Navan Members Handicap Hurdle, while Tipped Up Harry was the winner of the Follow Navan On Facebook Handicap Chase.

The 3-1 shot, up 10lb for scoring over course and distance last month, appeared to be treading water until he found another effort after the last and caught De Benno to prevail by a length and three-quarters.

Smashing performance in Webster Cup

After disappointing in Cheltenham, Smashing bounced back to form to land the feature at Navan today, the Grade 2 Webster Cup.

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