Friday 24 January 2020

Andy Dufresne to get busy winning

Andy Dufresne has done nothing wrong so far. Pic: Patrick McCann
Andy Dufresne has done nothing wrong so far. Pic: Patrick McCann

Plenty of the fancied horses lining up at Navan today would be more than entitled to line up in the good races at Leopardstown over Christmas and ANDY DUFRESNE (12.00, Navan) looks to have the most potential.

Trained to win a point-to-point by Gordon Elliott, the highly touted Andy Dufresne changed owner but remained with the trainer and has easily accounted for all rivals in a bumper and hurdle since then.

Elliott was probably expecting a sterner test in the Grade Two Navan Novice Hurdle and Latest Exhibition will certainly keep the favourite honest, but Andy Dufresne's unbeaten record should remain intact by this evening.

Punters will be hoping to get a good start to the day with BLACKBOW (11.30, Navan) who is hooded for the first time for Willie Mullins. On the best of his bumper form and with his recent second over hurdles, this should be a nice stepping point for Blackbow.

DINNY LACEY (1.00, Navan) may prove to be the first leg of a double for Robbie Power.

Dinny Lacey ran well at a big price here last time out and the bumper winner is a confident choice for James Motherway.

The step up in trip looks key for Ross O'Sullivan's AN FRAOCH MOR (1.30, Navan) who stayed on again late when following home Debuchet at Fairyhouse last time out.

An Fraoch Mor would be slightly wrong at the weights with La Tektor if you were comparing their hurdle ratings, but An Fraoch Mor is very lightly raced and could be relatively unexposed with the extra half mile hopefully being a big plus.

In the last, O'Sullivan's father-in-law Ted Walsh runs the horse which could take over the mantle of stable star for the Grand National winning trainer as DEWCUP (3.10, Navan) looks to back up an impressive Punchestown victory.

Hurdling is on the agenda for Dewcup but this is a valuable pot he looks capable of claiming on the way.

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