• Navan - Sunday

    A winning return beckons for local hero Power

    Robbie Power makes a welcome return to the saddle with four rides at Navan on Sunday and might just find himself among the winners.

    The Meathman hasn’t ridden since the end of May and underwent a shoulder operation the following month. His best chance could arrive in the shape of Madison To Monroe which didn’t show up too well in a couple of bumpers but made a bright start over hurdles when successful in a maiden at Tipperary, Power’s last winner before his enforced absence. He is coming back a couple of furlongs for this but is getting weight from some more proven performers and should go on to make his mark in the jumping game.

    There are some nice types in the Emerald Facilities Services Beginners’ Chase and on his seasonal return, the Henry De Bromhead-trained Trainwreck could be the one under Rachael Blackmore. He is absent since finishing down the field behind Samcro at the Dublin Racing Festival in early February but had shown up well bumpers and a couple of starts over hurdles before that. Connections will surely be hoping the rain arrives on Saturday night.

    One that might want the ground on the good side is Lasoscar which lines out in the baroneracing.com Handicap Chase. He has more than paid his way throughout the summer, over hurdles and when a winner over the larger obstacles at Kilbeggan six weeks ago.

    The opening Bar One Racing App Maiden Hurdle boasts the first full field of the day and perhaps Advantage Point can build on a promising effort over jumps when fourth to the well-backed Triplicate at Galway at the beginning of August. He had earlier won a bumper at Punchestown in June and there should be more to come.

    Both handicap hurdles on the card are tricky but Misty Millie might be best in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Handicap Hurdle after chasing home Bay Hill at Listowel. The are 30 declared for the Sequence Events Handicap Hurdle and here a chance is taken with Isle Of Destiny runs run in his first handicap hurdle but might not want too much ease in the ground.

    Willie Mullins’ only runner at the meeting is the Buck’s Billionaire in the Meath Farm Machinery Flat Race and he might enjoy himself a little more around here than he did at Kilbeggan last time.

    The opening leg of the Corinthian Challenge Charity Race rounds off the day and Nanabad could well reach the frame on the pick of his best form.

    Selections: 2.05 Advantage Point; 2.35 Misty Millie; 3.10 Isle Of Destiny; 3.40 Madison To Monroe (NAP); 4.15 Trainwreck; 4.45 Lasoscar; 5.15 Buck’s Billionaire; 5.45 Nanabad. 

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