Direct Bearing to benefit from a drop in class

TAKE a chance on Direct Bearing leading his rivals a merry dance in the Senator Novice Chase at Navan this afternoon.

Dermot Weld’s charge has cut little ice in his latest two outings, behind Pizarro at Leopardstown and Kicking King at Leopardstown, but down in grade should go close!

This versatile sort got off the mark over fences at Leopardstown at Christmas, producing a fine display of jumping and front-running to beat the ordinary Munster an easy seven lengths.

Camden Tanner, who battled well to score at Punchestown last time over two and a half miles, rates the obvious danger, but today’s trip does appear a trifle on the short side!

Ruby Walsh can team up with Silk Screen to take the Hill Of Tara Novice Hurdle. The four-year-old battled on well to beat Leonardo De Vinci a short head at Gowran Park in February. The form is moderate, even if sixth placed Sea To Sky scored at Thurles on Thursday, but the selection was returning from a break and can only improve.

The novice Jim could well turn-over far more experienced rivals in the Grade Three An Uaimh Chase.

He should strip fit and well, having been given a little rest since beating the useful Boneyarrow at Naas last month.

The Parishioner, who performed way below expectations at Thurles, is given the benefit of the doubt in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Novice Hurdle.

He could only finish a remote sixth to Kim Fontaine then, having beaten that horse in a driving finish at Thurles previously. A big, galloping track now may well see Michael Hourigan’s gelding in a more favourable light!

At Leopardstown tomorrow, despite ten furlongs being on the short side, Brian Boru is fancied to land the Alleged Stakes.

He began to fulfuil his promise in the second part of last season, rounding off his campaign with victory in the English Leger at Doncaster and finishing a close third in a Grade One at Woodbine in Canada.

Aidan O’Brien trains Brian Boru and he can supply a winning nap at Limerick tomorrow in the shape of High Country in the Greenmount Maiden.

The son of Danehill is clearly no star, but has the winning of this, on his length and a half second to Estivau at the Currahh in July with subsequent success stories, Former Senator and Terjin, in third and fourth places respectively.

Three Mirrors, raised 3lbs for going down by two and a half lengths to Native Scout at the Curragh last Sunday, is the one to beat in the Shannon Handicap.

Stashedaway, an easy winner at Thurles prior to being outclassed by Jim and Boneyarrow at Naas, is the choice to beat English challenger, Bathwick Annie, in the Dawn Run Mares Novice Chase.

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