Navan Sunday Preview

13:20 - No Bet

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13:50 - Magic Of Light

With us having no fancy in the first race of the day at Navan we move straight into Grade Two action in the Boyne Hurdle where dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll will be looking to land back to back renewals.

However, with the superstar yet to run this season and his trainer reporting he is less fit than this time last year we are looking elsewhere with Jessica Harrington's runner Magic Of Light.

The mare was a superb second to Tiger Roll in the National last year and this year has just gone from strength to strength in the run up to Aintree in April.

The nine year old mare has had three runs this term finishing third on her seasonal debut over hurdles behind Barcardys and Apple's Jade.

She has since gone over fences to qualify for the National and landed a nice Listed contest at Newbury in a Mares Chase.

Last time she reverted back to hurdles at Ascot in the Grade Two Mares Hurdle and she made every yard to see off some quality opposition to take the contest and in this field that form should go along way.

14:20 - Francin

The second Maiden Hurdle of the day sees a much better field of runners take each other on and Francin for Willie Mullins in the Rich Ricci colours looks the stand out pick.

The seven year old has been campaigned only twice this term having his first run in two years when sixth of 19 runners over two and half miles at Navan.

His final outing came at Leopardstown over Christmas in another hot maiden event and he was a smart third behind Cobbler's Way who has since been a close second in a Grade One and Sempo for Joseph O'Brien who has also franked the form with a win last time out.

On form he looks the one to beat.

14:55 - No Bet

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15:30 - Cherif De L'isle

It wouldn't be a proper Irish meeting without a big fielded Handicap Hurdle and this event over two miles seven furlongs sees 16 runners head to post.

Our stand out selection that takes the eye is the Gordon Elliott trained Cherif De L'isle who before racing this season had been off for two years with injury.

He made his return at Navan in November 2019 finishing a decent third and he has since ran in two more similar events and placed again in big fielded events.

These type of races seem right up his street and it seems only a matter of time before he gets of the mark for the campaign.

16:00 - Captain CJ

The final Grade Two event of the afternoon at Navan is the Ten Up Novice Chase over three miles and Dermot McLoughlin's Captain Cj is hard to overlook.

The nine year old has been raced quite frequently this season with five outings already but overall he has been very consistent with three seconds a third and unfortunately falling in one of them.

His latest start was his best run to date when a narrow second behind dual Grade One winning hurdler Minella Indo over course and distance and that form looks strong.

16:35 - NO BET

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17:05 - Ballyadam

The final runner of the afternoon for us comes in the bumper and one of the most interesting runners on the card is Ballyadam for Gordon Elliott.

The five year old owned by Cheveley Park Stud looks to be the next Envoi Allen for the same trainer and connections and even the same jockey on board with Jamie Codd taking the ride.

The gelding looks an exciting prospect winning a point to point in good style and being bought at the Cheltenham sales in November for £330,000.

He is having his first start over rules and is already 10/1 with some bookmakers for the Champion Bumper without even running which shows how highly rated he is.

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