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Pencil me in for lead at Navan

I'll be going for Gold again on Lynwood who can win maiden

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IMPROVING: Pencilfulloflead, with Robbie Power up, jumps the last on their way to winning the Leinster Leader Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown last month. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

IMPROVING: Pencilfulloflead, with Robbie Power up, jumps the last on their way to winning the Leinster Leader Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown last month. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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IMPROVING: Pencilfulloflead, with Robbie Power up, jumps the last on their way to winning the Leinster Leader Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown last month. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

No Cheltenham winner this year but I was thrilled with Lostintranslation who really felt like the horse I rode to win the Betfair Chase at Haydock earlier in the season.

It was a brilliant performance from Al Boum Photo, Willie Mullins and Paul Townend. Back-to-back Gold Cup winners are rare and if he follows the same path next year he'll still be the horse to beat.

I return for two good rides at Navan today.

Firstly, I ride LYNWOOD GOLD (1.45, Navan) who I actually beat when riding Port Stanley at Naas three weeks ago.

There was little to choose between Jessie's two runners that day and this lad only went down by a half length which wasn't a big surprise as he had solid form in the book going into that race.

Confident

This is actually a decent enough maiden for this time of year and there's a few in here with decent form but I'd still be confident that my horse has what it takes to win a maiden of this standard and I'm looking forward to riding him.

My second ride of the day then is PENCILFULLOFLEAD (2.55, Navan) in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Hurdle.

It was proper heavy at Punchestown when Pencilfulloflead won last time and he did what we expected him to do that day and impressively.

Gordon has a couple of chances, Willie Mullins has two runners and it's an open enough looking novice hurdle but I think Pencillfulloflead is still improving. The step up in trip suited us at Punchestown and he's back over that trip today.

Gordon Elliott's horses were on fire this week at Cheltenham so let's hope that rolls on into today at his local track!

With so many Irish runners this week and also with the ground being as testing as it is, just five runners go to post for the Webster Cup today and I'm going to side with one of Willie's here, CADMIUM (3.30, Navan).

He has been keeping better company lately and might just find himself back in his comfort zone here. He won at Aintree last year and that is probably his target again.

At Limerick tomorrow I've picked up the nice spare ride on MONBEG ZENA (3.45, Limerick) for Olly Murphy.

From his time working with Gordon Elliott, Olly will have a fair idea of what is needed to be competitive in a race like this and I'm looking forward to sitting on her.

Salsaretta is obviously going to be hard to beat but if there is a flaw in her hopefully we'll be able to find it.


NAVAN

1.45 Lynwood gold

2.55 pencilfulloflead

3.30 cadmium

limerick

3.45 monbeg zena