O’Dwyer set for Royaler at Navan

CONOR O’DWYER, looking forward to partnering Native Upmanship in the King George at Kempton on Thursday, could be the pilot to follow at Navan this afternoon.

He has possibilites of a treble aboard Cadou Royal and Eskimo Jack, both for Arthur Moore, and on Thomas O’Leary’s Scarthy Lad.

Cadou Royal gets the nap to provide the solution to the Eventing Ireland Beginners Chase. He has two promising enough efforts over fences to his credit and should be capable of getting through an ordinary contest such as this.

The selection finished a remote third, ran better than his final placing might indicate, behind Goldstreet at Navan early last month.

He followed with a ten and a half lengths third to Le Coudray at Naas over two miles, shaping as if stepping up to today’s trip might suit.

Ground Ball looks the biggest danger, although he did disappoint when failing to match strides with Gralmano at Catterick last time.

Eskimo Jack is a hopeful choice in the Santa Claus Handicap Chase. He certainly has no easy task off 12-0, but there was a lot to like about the manner in which he dismissed Quadco to the tune of nine lengths at Thurles.

It’s a long way from Clonakilty to Navan, but Scarthy Lad can shorten the journey home for connections by winning the Carol Novice Hurdle.

He looked a possible star of the future when scoring first time up over flights at Thurles. The Magical Wonder gelding had little or nothing to beat then, but could do no more than toy with the opposition.

Khetaam, who was only asked for the bare minimum by Paul Carberry when beating Pay It Forward (levels) at Gowran Park, is the obvious worry.

Spirit Glen, third behind Mystic Lord and Supreme Developer at Punchestown, might land the INH Stallion Owners’ Maiden Hurdle.

Thurles, normally a great track for punters, looks less than customer-friendly tomorrow!

The Horse and Jockey Hurdle should mainly concern Star Clipper and Cregg House, two horses who don’t often find a whole lot off the bridle.

A fascinating battle of tactics may be in store between Ruby Walsh and Paul Carberry, with preference for Carberry’s Star Clipper.

He made a reasonable reappearance to finish two lengths runner-up to Turtleback in a 23-runner field at Fairyhouse last month.

Star Clipper is trained by Noel Meade and he and Carberry can team up with Poularkerry to grab the first division of the Killough Maiden Hurdle.

Successful in a Limerick bumper, he made a bad blunder at the third when tenth of 25 on his debut over jumps behind Nil Desperandum at Punchestown.

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