Nearly Nama’d can go one better in conditions chase

Nearly Nama’d is fancied to beat Darwins Fox in the four-runner Le Grande Chase at Navan this afternoon.

Nearly Nama’d can go one better in conditions chase

Dessie Hughes’ charge arrives on the back of his best effort to date over fences and will be in receipt of 7lbs from his main rival.

At Killarney last month the selection contested a valuable and competitive handicap chase and ran a cracker to be beaten two lengths into second by Pass The Hat.

That form received a decent boost when Pass The Hat went on to finish runner-up behind Your Busy in the Kerry National at Listowel.

Darwins Fox is only 1lb wrong at the weights with Nearly Nama’d and has to be greatly respected.

This versatile sort was last seen when giving The Game Changer 3lbs and a snug length and a quarter beating over flights at Cork.

Tom Mullins’ Grand Partner, who cannot possibly win according to the handicapper, is still the choice in the Albany Hurdle.

Well Tuned has 15lbs in hand of him, having produced a career-best effort when second to Hash Brown at Listowel. She went up 14lbs as a result, but the Listowel heat was a muddling affair and it mightn’t pay to read too much into it.

Grand Partner is on the upgrade and there was a lot to admire in the way he scored over two and a half miles at Ballinrobe last time. An extra two furlongs now, and this stiff track, should very much play to his strengths.

The Group 2 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the Curragh tomorrow is certainly interesting, given the Ballydoyle riding arrangements.

Joseph O’Brien is down to partner Ol’ Man River, who overcame a bad draw to land a modest maiden at the Curragh on his debut. Colm O’Donoghue’s name appears against Order Of St George and his eight and a half lengths success in a Leopardstown maiden surely reads much better. It won’t be the biggest surprise in the world should only one of them meet the engagement, but from this range Order Of St George is the fancy.

Jim Bolger’s Stellar Glow is napped in the Group 3 C L And M F Weld Park Stakes. The daughter of Sea The Stars hit top gear far too late when half a length second behind Tamadhor at Leopardstown, but will know a lot more now.

Dermot Weld’s Forgotten Rules, easy winner of a bumper at Punchestown and of a flat race at the Galway festival, can take a big step up in class in his stride and take the Loughbrown Stakes.

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