Out Now looks poised to build on Christmas cracker

OUT NOW is the nap choice to beat 29 rivals in the AES Midland Waste Maiden Hurdle at Navan this afternoon.

Edward O’Grady’s seven-year-old has little mileage on the clock and this will only be his sixth ever race.

He made a pleasing reappearance at Limerick at Christmas and, if managing to build on that, should certainly go close.

Out Now was easy to back in the market then - returned at 10-1 - so chances are his shrewd handler left plenty to work on.

In any case the selection ran a cracker, only giving best in a driving finish by a head to Golden Sunbird.

The fact it was 11 lengths back to the third was encouraging and Out Now is entitled to come on plenty for the outing and should be well suited to stepping up an extra two furlongs as well.

Willie Mullins’ French-import Sir Des Champs is the interesting one in the Navan Golf Club Open For Membership Hurdle. He was last seen at Auteuil in March, scoring by a length and a half. The runner-up, Satou, made no show in four subsequent efforts.

The third was Sous Les Cieux, who is now also trained by Mullins. He made his Irish debut at Fairyhouse nine days ago and was backed as if defeat was out of the question, before taking second behind shock winner, Bayross.

How Sir Des Champs travels in the market will be all important, but from this range he gets the vote.

Mullins can double up with Dunbrovic, a seven-year-old newcomer by Old Vic, in the Bumper.

Gordon Elliott’s Ballymak is fancied to land the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Beginners Chase.

He’s obviously had problems, but could still realise his undoubted potential and there was plenty to like about the way he shaped on his debut over fences at Punchestown at the end of December when third to Royal De La Thinte.

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