LiveScore Racing Preview: Navan, November 21, 2021
The top-class jumps racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Navan where we could get some more early Cheltenham Festival clues.
The card begins at 2.50pm and it features a Grade Three novice hurdle and a Grade B handicap chase.
Here are our five horses to follow.
12.50pm - Navan Handicap Hurdle (2m)
After back-to-back victories at Listowel and Wexford, CLARENS comes into his handicap hurdle looking to complete a hat-trick of wins. He made a couple of errors over hurdles last time out, but it was not enough to stop him, as he was full of running at the finish.
The four-year-old must now defy a 9lb rise in the ratings. He looked to have plenty in hand in his latest victory and if he tunes up his jumping, he can add a third straight success here.
LiveScore Selection: Clarens
1.20pm - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Hurdle (2m4f)
AU FLEURON was an easy winner of a bumper at Tipperary last season. He was clear of his rivals in the closing stages.
Following that success, he was sold and then moved to Gordon Elliott's yard. Elliott has two runners in this field as he also saddles Bust Or Bray Dee who finished runner up on his hurdles debut at Gowran Park (2m4f) last month. It is the more inexperienced runner who can break his maiden over obstacles first.
LiveScore Selection: Au Fleuron
1.50pm - John Lynch Carpets & Flooring Monksfield Novice Hurdle (2m4f - Grade 3)
In his three starts under Rules, HOLLOW GAMES has not put a foot wrong so far. He made an impressive start to his hurdles career at Down Royal (2m6½f) earlier this season.
Gordon Elliott won this race last season with Fakiera and he holds all the aces in this race. With Davy Russell in the saddle, it is the unbeaten five-year-old who can finish ahead of his stablemate Ginto in this Grade Three contest.
LiveScore Selection: Hollow Games
2.50pm - Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase (3m)
Six horses in the Gigginstown silks have been declared to run in the Troytown Handicap Chase so there is a good chance the leading owners will be celebrating a winner at the end of it.
Their best chance may be with RUN WILD FRED. Although he is still a maiden over fences, he has some decent form in handicap chases.
Gordon Elliott's runner has had the benefit of a run already this season. He finished a respectable second in a Grade Three race at Cork behind Cape Gentleman.
This mark of 145 gives him a great chance of breaking his maiden over fences in a valuable contest.
LiveScore Selection: Run Wild Fred
3.20pm - Boardsmill Stud Irish EBF Beginners Chase (2m1f)
Hurdles winner MR LEINSTER was involved in a great three-way battle at Wexford on his chase debut last month. He had to settle for third place, but he lost nothing in defeat.
A similar effort to that here is likely to see him get off the mark over fences. Cayd Boy finished ahead of My Leinster in that race at Wexford but on this better ground, that form can be reversed.
LiveScore Selection: Mr Leinster