This afternoon’s action at Navan looks quite difficult for punters, but Refused A Name appeals as having been brought to a peak in a bid for a second victory in the Charlie Lowry Memorial Handicap Chase, and rates a good value bet for punters.
Shark Hanlon’s horse won this race in 2014 but missed all of last season, before returning at Punchestown last month.
Give the absence, he ran reasonably well, and duly built on that when a well-beaten third behind Mr Eko almost three weeks later.
With those two runs under his belt, he should be primed for this race, which is likely to have been his target for some time.
Off the same mark as when he won it, he looks set to make a bold bid.
Veteran Rolly Baby can land the beginners’ chase for Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins.
The 11-year-old has clearly had his problems, but has reached a reasonable level of ability, and this looks a manageable assignment.
He ran well for a long way on his seasonal debut, in very testing ground at Limerick, and if, as anticipated, he takes a small step forward from it he should be hard to beat.
If Unyielding can settle he will take beating in the opening maiden hurdle.
Jessica Harrington’s horse was a promising sort in a short career on the level, and didn’t fare too badly when very strongly fancied to make a winning debut over timber in a race won by Babbling Stream.
As on the flat, he was a bit keen and his effort petered out in the closing stages on the testing ground.
He should be better for that experience, but will need to retain some energy for his finishing effort if he’s to beat All Souls, who looks a potentially smart recruit for Eddie O’Grady.
On a good card at Leopardstown tomorrow, Bishopslough gets a sporting nap to land the Coral.ie Handicap Hurdle for trainer Alan Fleming.
The eight-year-old ran a fine race to finish seventh behind Henry Higgins is the similarly named handicap hurdle at this track last month, and can build on that in this smaller field.
Dropped out the back on that occasion, he was short of room on the turn for home but, when switched wide, picked up nicely to be beaten just 11 lengths.
A good jumper, who is very well treated relative to his chase mark, he is versatile ground-wise, can be ridden more prominently than was the case last time, and can prove himself well-handicapped by accounting for Anibale Fly and Ordinary World.
The progressive Alisier D’Irlande should take a world of beating in the two-mile-one novice chase.
The six-year-old likes to get on with things in his races and, as he did last time at Naas, can shake off his rivals from the start. Bar a fall, he should prove far too good.
Potters Point makes plenty of appeal in the opening race. Although beaten favourite last time, it probably wasn’t as disappointing as first looked, and he remains a promising sort.
His bumper form, particularly the victory over Don’t Touch It and runner-up finish trying to concede 7lbs to Tombstone, suggests he is well above average, and this is a good opportunity to get back on track.
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