Make it Molly to get off mark over fences

A HUGE amount of runners really makes Navan this afternoon a less than appetising prospect.

Hairy Molly is the hopeful nap choice in the Trim Beginners Chase.

Successful in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in 2006, setbacks have somewhat blighted his career and the huge potential in evidence at Prestbury Park has never quite been fulfilled.

He remains a useful sort, however, and there was plenty of merit in his first outing over fences at Gowran Park last month.

Returning from a long absence, the selection could not raise his tempo, understandably, in the closing stages when fourth behind Four Chimneys. If progressing from that performance, Hairy Molly has to be on the premises now.

Time Electric, a surprise absentee from the bumper at Cheltenham this time round, has his attentions turned to far lesser pickings in the last today.

He created a big impression when scoring by eight lengths on his debut at Leopardstown at Christmas. The form of that race has repeatedly been let down, but Tom Mullins’ charge looked to be oozing class first time up and gets the vote.

Notable d’Estruval, a creditable third in a competitive handicap behind Mister Top Notch at Leopardstown, could be the answer to the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Novice Chase.

At Clonmel tomorrow the improving Macs Mandalus is nap material in the Slievenamon Beginners Chase.

Willie Mullins’ gelding first caught the eye when fourth to Clopf at Navan and came on nicely for that when half a length second to Ambobo at Naas.

Christy Roche’s Wheels Up, beaten by the smart Fiveforthree at Fairyhouse, has obvious claims in the Comeragh Maiden Hurdle.

Tom Hogan has prospects of saddling a double with Silver Jaro and Midnight Minnie. Silver Jaro, third to Barker in the Pierse Hurdle at Leopardstown, has his sights considerably lowered in the Clonmel Hurdle.

Midnight Minnie didn’t get the most inspired of drives when a close third to Rory’s Pleasure at Punchestown and is the one to beat in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden Hurdle.

Grancore Girl made a solid start when second to Cheltenham-bound Apt Approach at Gowran Park and can be fancied to go one better in the Bumper.

At Leopardstown tomorrow Lenrey, who seemed on good terms with himself when making all to land a moderate event at Naas last time, gets the vote in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Novice Chase.

Save The Bacon, who was trying to give eventual winner Sole Bonne Femme 15lbs when grabbed after the last in a Navan handicap, will be hard to peg back in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden Hurdle.

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