Tornado Flyer is all set to whip up storm at Navan
All three fixtures in Ireland this weekend carry some points of interest for National Hunt enthusiasts and Navan begin with the Grade Three Klairon Davis Novice Chase this afternoon.
TORNADO FLYER (2.10, Navan) looks to have done enough to be the preferred choice here.
The Punchestown Champion Bumper winner of last year made hard work of his beginners' chase at Naas but is back in action just a month later, which is a positive as the six-year-old had an interrupted campaign last season and should have the class to come good today.
Behind him in third at Naas was stable companion VOIX DES TIEP (1.35, Navan) who gets a tentative nod in the beginners' chase on the card.
Danny Mullins will once again be looking to make the most of his opportunity as stable jockey to his uncle, Willie, for the day with Paul Townend over in Sandown for the Tingle Creek and Un De Sceaux.
The eCOMM Merchant Solutions Handicap Hurdle is actually a race that would be equally as exciting to watch if it was over fences.
A total of 11 of these 16 runners have run over fences previously and strangely enough the highest rated over fences is by far the lowest rated of the bunch over hurdles, so much so that TOUT EST PERMIS (1.05, Navan) contests this race 8lb out of the handicap.
Ordinarily it would be madness to tip a horse who is to carry 8lb more than he should, but in theory the horse still has about two and a half stone in hand on his chase rating and connections are happy to concede any subsequent penalty should he win today.
It doesn't always transfer that way and Tout Est Permis' biggest rival could be Coko Beach, who is one of the five not to have gone chasing yet but is only a four-year-old and thus has a weight for age allowance.
Tout Est Permis is most likely to pitch up in the Paddy Power Chase over Christmas or maybe even one of the Grade One races over that period and this could be the perfect confidence booster.
Us And Them is declared for Sunday's Hilly Way Chase so there is a chance EX PATRIOT (2.45, Navan) could end up with top weight in the Foxrock Handicap Chase but his form is solid enough and he might still prove too good under Derek O'Connor.
O'Connor might well make the most of his day in Navan as he also partners LONGHOUSE POET (12.35, Navan) for Martin Brassil to set up a possible brace against the professionals.
Longhouse Poet ran a lovely race at Naas last month and should be able to go one better on this occasion.
Gordon Elliott rarely leaves Navan without a couple of winners and FESTIVAL D'EX (12.05, Navan) looked a nice sort when winning a Punchestown Festival bumper in April, while in the concluding race today WIDE RECEIVER (3.20, Navan) will be attempting to pay back some of the £410,000 he cost at the sales in February.
12.05 Festival D'ex
12.35 Longhouse Poet
1.05 Tout Est Permis
1.35 Voix Des Tiep
2.10 Tornado Flyer
2.45 Ex Patriot
3.20 Wide Receiver