DAVY RUSSELL: Navan Sunday

Moving on to Navan on Sunday where I have five booked rides on the card. The ground was good at Navan on Saturday – despite 15 mils of rain on Friday and the forecast is pretty dry.

Plans for Cheltenham next week are still being finalised so I’m not sure yet whether I’ll be staying at home or heading over. I always love a Cheltenham trip so hopefully I’ll be riding on at least one of the three days.

SUNDAY

NAVAN

SERIOUS EGO (12.35pm)

Has got fair form between the flags and he’s dropping back in trip a little after finishing fifth to Brosna George the last day at Down Royal. He’s quite lightly raced and I’m sure will pick up a little race soon but this looks an ultra-competitive start to the card.

MAKE MY HEART FLY (1.05pm For Auction Novice Hurdle)

This looks a very solid renewal and whilst my mare is very consistent she’s in at the deep level here against rivals who are just starting out their campaigns. This might also be on the short side for her. Stablemate Felix Desjy had quite an easy job at Galway first time out but still looked to win impressively and looks the one we all have to beat.

DORTMUND PARK (1.35pm Lismullen Hurdle)

This is a hell of a good race and clearly last year’s winner Apple’s Jade looks a tough nut to crack. I’m on stable companion Dortmund Park who is a really beautiful horse who progressed nicely last season and deserved his Grade 1 win at Punchestown. We could have done with some rain though and good ground will be unchartered waters for him.

DOCTOR PHOENIX (2.10pm Fortria Chase)

I’m hopeful he can step in where he stepped out last season as he had a great season and was by no means disgraced with his fifth to Un De Sceaux in the Champion Chase in Punchestown. The problem is again the ground as in 24 starts he’s never raced on good ground. Ballyoisin seems equally effective over hurdles and fences and is in cracking form. He successfully keeps stepping up in class.

2.40pm

No ride for me here but Gordon (Elliott) runs two nice horses in Duca De Thaix and Campeador. There might not be a lot between them but Duca De Thaix has a fitness advantage and could get the bragging rights today.

WONDER LAISH (3.15pm)

A grand horse who comes into this fit from the flat and an excellent third in the November Handicap in Naas last weekend. It’s a big ask on his handicap debut but he gave me a nice feel when I won a maiden hurdle on him at Listowel over a year ago and he’s done well on the flat since then.

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