Pride can get back on track

BOBS PRIDE, who hasn't scored on the flat since taking the Group Three Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown in April of last year, is napped to win the Race at Navan this afternoon.

Essentially, it was all down hill for Dermot Weld's gelding after that, but he seems to have been revitalised by a bout of timber-topping of late and now looks poised to strike again.

He won a maiden hurdle in good style at Listowel and was then outbattled by Hide The Evidence in a novice event at Roscommon.

At the time that looked mildly disappointing, but appears a lot better now after Hide The Evidence scored again at Cork on Sunday.

In any case Bobs Pride now has a good opportunity of getting the show back on the road on the level and his ability to handle the likely soft surface is a big plus.

Pat Smullen partners the selection and he and Weld can also team up to land the Kilcarn Stud EBF Fillies Maiden with Common Charisma.

This daughter of Highest Honor gave the impression she would come on plenty for her debut run behind Anna's Rock at Roscommon, in testing conditions.

Kieren Fallon is already on his way to Australia to ride Yeats in next month's Melbourne Cup and Seamus Heffernan takes over from him on Soldier Of Fortune in the Irish Stallion Farms' EBF Maiden.

The Galileo colt is the one to beat, having made a solid start when going under by a short head to La Conquistadora at Gowran Park.

Kerryhead Windfarm, who has never fulfilled his potential over hurdles or fences because of bad jumping, has no obstacles in his way in the Amsterdam Here We Go Maiden and can enjoy a turn. He ran well over 14 furlongs when third to Tabaco at Listowel and two miles round here will be much more suitable.

Snow Lord, a promising fourth to Mon Michel at Listowel, could improve a bundle for the experience and gets the nod in the Ledwige Maiden.

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