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Indo looks likely to boost hopes of Festival repeat


Minella Indo will relish the step up to three miles at Navan today

Minella Indo will relish the step up to three miles at Navan today


Minella Indo will relish the step up to three miles at Navan today

Cheltenham Festival winner MINELLA INDO (3.05, Navan) would look to be the most exciting horse on show in Ireland this afternoon as he seeks to go one better on his second start over fences.

The Albert Bartlett winner returned to the Punchestown Festival to add more Grade One honours there and then started off this season in a Gowran Park beginners chase over 2m4f.

Henry de Bromhead's charge was second to Laurina on that occasion and while she has disappointed since and let the form down, it was reported that she burst a blood vessel at Leopardstown.

In addition, the two and a half mile trip would have been shorter than ideal for Minella Indo and stepping up to three miles would look perfect for the seven-year-old here.

Minella Indo is the current second favourite for the RSA Chase behind Champ and should be winning here to maintain his position in that market.

Gordon Elliott goes to his local track with a few chances and THE BOSSES OSCAR (1.55, Navan) is an interesting one in the feature Navan Handicap Hurdle.

A prize of €50,000 is on offer for the Grade B contest over two and a half miles and while The Bosses Oscar may lack experience, there is a chance that he could be nicely treated off 132.

The inclusion of top weight Kilfenora allows The Bosses Oscar in with a lovely racing weight of 10st10bs and he may be able to follow up his Leopardstown maiden win to score here.

Davy Russell also rides CHERIF DE L'ISLE (2.30, Navan) looks worth taking a chance with in what looks a moderate contest.

Elliott picked up the eight-year-old from Lucinda Russell and he has been placed in two races since moving to Ireland. This would look the most winnable opportunity yet with cheek pieces fitted for the first time.

A Navan bumper is always worth taking a good look at and the Willie Mullins-trained newcomer Don't Tell Allen is interesting as he's a half brother to Next Destination.

However, the Mullins runners appear to be taking a run this term and therefore Elliott could be in line to rack up a treble with ESKYLANE (4.10, Navan) in the finale.

Jamie Codd returns to ride the son of Flemensfirth who was second in what looks to be a very good bumper at Fairyhouse and he can go one better here today.

Recent winner OPEN TO THE WORLD (3.40, Navan) may well make it a good week for trainer Padraig Roche. He was a winner at the rearranged Thurles meeting last week and can strike again today with Aidan Kelly.

Cases could be made for all of the five runners in the opening racingtv.com/freetrial Rated Novice Hurdle but this corner will side with ARGUMENTAL (12.45, Navan).

Joseph O'Brien's charge beat a well regarded type of Willie Mullins' over Christmas and wasn't beaten far by French Dynamite prior to that so is worth chancing again today.

A tentative choice is also given to the experienced YOUNG TED (1.20, Navan) in the maiden hurdle with Eoin Walsh taking a valuable 7lbs off.


12.45 Argumental

1.20 Young Ted

1.55 The Bosses Oscar

2.30 Cherif De L'isle

3.05 Minella Indo

3.40 Open To The World

4.10 Eskylane