DAVY RUSSELL: Navan Sunday

A much improved effort from Swordsman in Fairyhouse on Saturday. He was staying on nicely in the closing stages, we were lucky to avoid the trouble at the last, and he kept on running the to the line to take second which was a big step-up on his Limerick debut last season.

The show rolls on to Navan on Sunday where I have four rides.



DEFI BLEU (12.30pm Navan Novice Hurdle Grade 2)

A very decent renewal of a race that more often than not throws up a good winner. My fella comes here in good form but ideally I’d like more of a test of stamina. The distance is OK – but would prefer some more rain to make it more of a test. I was onboard him the last day here when he won over course and distance – we beat Momus that day who will hopefully give the form a boost with a good run in the opener at 12.00 today. Gordon (Elliott) has two others in the race including Monbeg Worldwide who has made a good start to hurdling after an unbeaten run in bumpers and there wouldn’t be much between him and Defi Bleu. He also has Satoshi who I know well and he is now up in class. However, the obvious danger to us all looks to be the Willie Mullins trained Easy Game who won the Monksfield here the last day over this trip and is a tough cookie.

CAP YORK (1.30pm Navan)

I don’t know too much about this fella who faces quite a tough task in this company after a length break of nearly two years. He was a winner in France who then finished sixth for Noel (Meade) on his hurdling debut in Leopardstown. There was plenty to like about that run but the issue is obviously the break and we’ll get a much clearer picture of where we stand after this race. Diamond Turf was no match for First Approach in Down Royal but with that run under his belt and on likely more testing ground here he could easily improve a lot.

SIR CARNO (2.05pm)

Gave me a good spin the last day in Thurles when second to Game Of War. He jumped well enough on his second start over fences and should be suited by the step up in trip. He certainly won’t mind any rain either, as his two career wins have come on soft and heavy ground. The lightly raced He’s No Molly and Stowaway Forever, who was third in a good race last time, are the biggest dangers.

ALLEE BLEUE (2.35pm)

Hasn’t been the easiest to train but good to see him make his first start for Gordon since joining the yard from Philip Hobbs. I think the top two on the card Bitsandpieces and Uaintseenothingyet will be hard to beat but I’m hopeful my fella can put in a good run as we start to make up for lost time.



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