Navan

  • 15:55 Martyns Specialist Equipment Flat Race2m

  • Winner €5,866 2nd €1,360 3rd €595 4th €340
  • Going: Soft to Heavy, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 10.60s
  • Off time: 15:55:10
15:55 Navan Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Champagne James (IRE) 15/8
2nd Blackmail (FR) 5/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 P0-PP WHITE & RED CHEVRONS, striped cap De Glebe Star (IRE) 35
Nag me
5 12-0 t1 Miss F Slevin Mr N T Slevin (7) 50/151.00
3 1- EMERALD GREEN, yellow sleeves, white cap, yellow spots Blackmail (FR) 224
Nag me
4 11-11 A J Martin Mr P W Mullins 5/42.25
4 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Champagne James (IRE)
Nag me
4 11-11 T M Walsh R P McNamara 15/82.88
5 27- DARK BLUE & WHITE DIABOLO, hooped sleeves & cap Eligible (FR) 359
Nag me
4 11-11 N Meade Ms N Carberry 11/43.75
6 80 BLACK, red spots, black cap, white spots King Shabra (IRE) 8
Nag me
4 11-11 t P O Brady R P Treacy (7) 33/134.00
Non runners
23-6Minella Minstrel (IRE)712-0J NallenJ S McGarvey

Verdict

Noel Meade has won this five times in the past eight years so ELIGIBLE looks the one to be on. A recruit from Tim Vaughan's yard, he had a couple of runs late last year and showed enough promise to suggest he'll win his share for new connections. Blackmail made all for a comfortable victory between the flags at Templemore and Tony Martin should have him primed for his racecourse debut and Minella Minstrel didn't enjoy the heavy ground at Naas last month. Champagne James, a full brother to two winning bumpers and related to a Flat winner, is definitely one to keep a close watch in the betting as he could be useful.