Freedom can make it third time lucky

IF you manage to toss a few quid west at Navan this afternoon then you really will have only yourself to blame.

Freedom can make it third time lucky

This is just about as bad as it gets, with a whopping six virtually impossible-to-solve handicaps on the eight-race programme.

We have one fair chance of grabbing a profit and that comes in the shape of Freedom in the Irish Stalllion Farms’ EBF Median Auction Maiden.

The selection is one of two Aidan O’Brien-trained runners in the contest and the situation is somewhat complicated by the fact that Johnny Murtagh partners Spontaneous for Frank Dunne.

But we can only go on what our own eyes and the form book is telling us and the improving Freedom gets the nap.

The son of Hurricane Run was especially green on his debut at Cork and it took a long time for him to understand what was required.

After running last of the 13 runners for much of the journey, he made progress in the straight to finish seventh behind Honey Of A Kitten.

Freedom then ran on this track two weeks ago and travelled far more kindly throughout. In the end he was beaten about ten lengths into fourth behind stable companion, Exodus, giving the impression there might be a lot more to come.

He seems to stay really well and it will be no surprise now should Seamus Heffernan make plenty of use of him.

The Trim Maiden could hardly be more puzzling, with no less than six Aidan O’Brien inmates making their debuts. The token choice is John Oxx’s The High Man, who stepped up on previous efforts when second to Exodus at Navan last time.

Table Mountain should go close in the Navan Golf President Handicap, making a quick return after finishing third to Gimli’s Rock at Naas last Sunday.

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