Lake can sink rivals

WATSON LAKE is fancied to concede weight all round in the Woodlands Park 100 Poplar Square Chase at Naas this afternoon.

Operated on for a wind problem, it looks as if it may have been a real success on the evidence of the selection’s seasonal debut at Limerick last month.

He produced a fine exhibition of front-running and jumping to beat Accordion Etoile (rec.15lbs), who did make a bad blunder two out, by a comfortable two and a half lengths.

Travino, who has reportedly schooled really well, has to be the choice in the INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Maiden Hurdle. He was unbeaten in three bumpers last season, proving himself a relentless galloper, who was rich in stamina. Given a decent round of jumping, David Casey will surely send the six-year-old about his business a fair way from home!

Coconut Beach, who scored twice on the level for Aidan O’Brien, gets the vote in the Ardmore Blood Booster Hurdle. He certainly gave the impression there was better to come when a length and 12 lengths third behind Wanango and Carthalawn on this track two weeks ago.

Navan tomorrow promises some real action, with much emphasis on the return of Moscow Flyer in the Grade Two Fortria Chase.

The last time the 11-year-old was seen he went down to a shock short head defeat to Rathgar Beau at the Punchestown Festival in April.

Too much shouldn’t be read into that and he was quite brilliant at Aintree previously, scoring by 16 lengths, and when beating high-class Well Chief in the two mile Champion Chase at Cheltenham. This is a gentle introduction to the campaign.

Solerina, following a spin on the flat at Leopardstown, returns to her true vocation in the Philips’ Electronics Lismullen Hurdle. Two and a half miles, plenty of cut in the surface and a galloping track are the ideal conditions for the mare and all the criteria are met here.

Nicanor gets the nap to make a winning debut over flights in the Athlumney Hurdle. Coming from the Noel Meade yard one can be sure he has been extensively schooled.

Nicanor looks to be a horse with a big future, producing a tremendous display, for a four-year-old, at Punchestown in April when third behind Refinement and The Cool Guy in a Grade One bumper.

The Railway Man, who was always only marking time over flights, can score over fences at the first time of asking in the Irish Stallion Farms’ Beginners Chase.

At Limerick tomorrow, Master Albert, who made a promising return when runner-up behind Rooftop Protest at Punchestown, can shrug off top weight in the Barringtons Hospital Doctors Nurses Handicap Hurdle.

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