Michael Graham

Michael Graham

Early Call pounces in Navan

Sat 7th Sep 2019, 14:55

Early Call, left, makes his winning move
© Photo Healy Racing

Early Call thundered home between horses to land the extended five furlong handicap in Navan under Gary Carroll.

The four-year-old gelding travelled strongly on the heels of the leaders a furlong and a half out and was shaken up by Carroll racing into the final furlong.

He was ridden to deliver a winning challenge between the leader Zodiacus and Tie A Yellowribbon close home.

The 20/1 shot won by a neck from Tie A Yellowribbon (16/1). Zodiacus was the same distance away in third at 20/1. Chagall, the heavily-backed favourite at 5/1, completed the placings in fourth a further half a length down.

“He likes it here. He's won twice and been second twice here this year,” Mick Mulvany said.

“I thought he wanted a bit of give in the ground. I thought the last day he'd be very close because I thought he wanted soft ground but then I went through his form again and he's won on good or good to firm ground.

“Maybe it was bad training that I didn't know!

“He probably keeps a little bit for himself but he's a good fast horse. He was always travelling there and you'd think he was going to win easier.

“When he gets to the front he seems to think he's done enough.

“The only thing is there are no more races for him here now. He'll probably go to the sales at some stage.

“When they come to three or four we move them on. More than likely he'll be for export.”

Additional reporting by Gary Carson

1st
20/1
Tote €23.00 €4.70
2nd
nk
16/1
€5.20
3rd
nk
20/1
€4.90
4th
0.5L
5/1Fav
€1.60

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