Go for Long Journey Home

JOHN OXX may not be having the best of seasons, with just 14 successes to his credit, but can supply a winning nap in the shape of Long Journey Home in the Follow Us On Facebook Maiden at Navan tonight.

Unraced as a two-year-old, the son of Dansili has progressed with each outing this campaign and should now be more than ready to strike.

He made his debut at Navan in April, finishing 11th of 16 in a contest dominated by his stable companions, Zanughan and Wakhan.

The selection then ran at Leopardstown, improving nicely to finish third behind Aidan O’Brien’s Admiral Of The Red and Dermot Weld's Olympiad. Nantucket Bay was fourth and Brown Butterfly fifth and they have won in the meantime.

Long Journey Home’s latest outing was back at Leopardstown, when trying to make all of the running.

He did his best, but was ultimately totally outclassed and beaten five and a half lengths into second by odds-on Apache.

The three-year-old faces nothing of that calibre now and this really is a very good opportunity for Oxx’s charge.

The opening Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden has a fascinating appearance and may well house a couple of future winners.

The newcomers Know, by Excellent Art, and Elusive Lashes, by Elusive Quality, are of obvious interest, but it may pay to side with two horses who have a run under their belts, Foolish Lady and Experience. Both reared when coming out of stalls on their debuts.

At the Curragh Foolish Lady tired in the closing stages when fourth to Aidan O’Brien’s Vault over six furlongs, while Experience finished with a flourish, over five, when beaten a short head by Somasach at Tipperary. Foolish Lady gets the vote.

Jim Bolger trains Foolish Lady and has possibilities as well with Noimead Draiochta in the Slane Handicap.

He was doing all his best work at the end of six furlongs at Cork on Sunday, third to Inishmot Duchess and Khelino, and this mile could well be made to measure.

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