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Review navan 23rd Sep

Sat 23rd Sep 2017, 17:40

< Hurricane Darwin has plenty of scope for improvement over fences and proved as much by winning the At The Races Handicap Chase at Navan.

Alan Fleming's charge had just the three chase starts under his belt and was returning from a layoff.

He was given a patient ride by Denis O'Regan, who came with his challenge approaching the final obstacle and although Whatareudoingtome tried to go with him, Hurricane Darwin (8-1) stuck his neck out and flashed past the post a length and three-quarters to the good.< Mengli Khan could make a name for himself over the winter months after returning with a bang in the At The Races Maiden Hurdle.

The 6-5 favourite performed with credit in excellent company during a brief first jumping campaign and still seems very much a work in progress, but he showed an engine that his rivals couldn't match as he swept to a six-length defeat of Edelpour < Moulin A Vent is another who could go on to better things after beginning his campaign with a clear-cut triumph in the Meath Farm Machinery Hurdle.

Noel Meade's 4-9 favourite tracked the front-running High Nellie until taking it up at the final flight, and Sean Flanagan pushed him out to score by eight lengths.< Call The Taxie made a successful start to his career over fences in the Emerald Facility Services Beginners Chase.

The six-year-old was really consistent over the smaller obstacles for Ellmarie Holden last term and could take even higher rank in this sphere judging by his nine-length defeat of A Sizing Network at odds of 2-1.< Kilkeaskins First (7-1) was hit with a 9lb hike for his recent Kilbeggan success but was up to the task in the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice Irish EBF Handicap Hurdle and strode five lengths clear of Fiesole < Let's Twist Again (9-1) was a game winner of the Sequence Events Handicap Hurdle, while Sally Park (7-1) got up late in the Meath Farm Machinery (Pro/Am) Flat Race.