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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Calm can storm to victory at Navan

HARRY Rogers' Calm Bay can gain an overdue success in the featured five-furlong handicap at Navan this evening following his recent second place at Down Royal.

Without a win since 2009, Calm Bay has been second in four of his last six outings. The most recent of those, when conceding 13lbs to Blue Dahlia at Down Royal two weeks ago, was a fair showing.

Pat Smullen's mount should go very close again at a track where he never runs a bad race.

In the Lynn Lodge Stud Maiden, Casimir Road has the best form of those that have already run.

Jim Bolger's three-year-old finished eighth in a Leopardstown maiden in March that has thrown up three subsequent winners.

Recent Clonmel winner Presenting Nama is fancied to continue his progression when he tackles the novice hurdle at Wexford this evening.

John Halley's dual bumper winner turned in a fine effort to be third on his hurdling debut at Killarney, before obliging by a head over two and a half miles last time. Ordinary Man, fifth then, franked that form with an easy triumph on Wednesday.

Although Presenting Nama drops back to two miles tonight, he should follow up under Davy Condon.

Another with strong credentials is the Noel Meade-trained Gracchus in the handicap chase.

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