For Bill looks promising

FOR BILL, in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares’ Chase, is the main attraction on what is a shocking six-race card at Navan this afternoon.

The Michael Winters-trained mare is progressive, with a fine attitude, and may well light up what otherwise threatens to be a dreary programme.

The selection got her act together big-time in a Grade 3 at Thurles last month. In a strongly run contest, she travelled and jumped beautifully, outstaying Blazing Tempo to the tune of five lengths.

Morning Supreme set a spanking pace then, but was well beaten when falling two out and it is hard to envisage her beating For Bill on only 4lbs better terms.

The only other race worth a second glance is the four-runner Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Novice Chase. Flying Widsor is impossible to fancy, Sam Adams wears a tongue-tie, Tharawat blinkers and a tongue-tie and Western Charmer cheekpieces, so they are a motley lot!

On a day of very few betting opportunities, Western Charmer gets a hopeful nap. He’s the highest rated in the race, has been mixing it with the best and ran a little better than his remote fourth to Bostons Angel in the Grade 1 Moriarty Chase at Leopardstown would suggest.

At Leopardstown tomorrow, Dermot Weld and Robbie McNamara could combine for a first and last race double with Endless Intrigue and Waaheb.

Endless Intrigue gets the nap in the competitive Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden Hurdle. His latest effort saw him finish ninth of ten behind Oscars Well in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown.

Prior to that, however, he made a promising start over flights when runner-up behind the smart Shot From The Hip at Leopardstown and had two of his main opponents now, Jetson and Dantes King, behind in third and fourth places respectively.

What is most interesting, though, is the fact Endless Intrigue is at his best when fitted with blinkers and he now sports them for the first time over jumps.

Waaheb was well touted before making his debut on this track in early January and didn’t disappoint, cruising to victory. He is hard to oppose in the Bumper.

Tony Martin’s Osirixamix is the choice in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Novice Chase. Modest over hurdles and on the flat, he holds promise of being far more effective at this game.

Osirixamix jumped like a buck first time over fences when taking a moderate heat by eight lengths at Limerick and, hopefully, that wasn’t a false dawn!

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