Navan Passes Inspection

Sun 25th Nov 2012, 07:59

Officials examining the track at Navan
©Healy Racing Photos
By Alan Magee
Today’s meeting at Navan, featuring the Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase, has got the go-ahead following an early morning precautionary inspection.

Officials found the track raceable yesterday afternoon but decided to have another look this morning due to the threat of further rain. The going remains heavy after another 7mm of rain since 3pm yerterday.

A competitive seven race card also includes the Grade 2 Irish Form Book “Monksfield” Novice Hurdle and the Listed ITBA Fillies Scheme EBF Mares Flat Race.

Further spice is added by the hurdle debut of the exciting Don Cossack, while progressive hurdler Alderwood makes his debut over fences. The action gets underway at 12.25pm.

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.