Navan

  • 13:25 'Monksfield' Novice Hurdle 2m 4f

  • Winner €24,375 2nd €7,125 3rd €3,375 4th €1,125
  • Going: Good to Yielding, Yielding in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 59.10s
  • Off time: 13:27:54
13:25 Navan Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Apache Stronghold (IRE) 9/2
2nd Azorian (IRE) 2/1
3rd Carriganog (IRE) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 21-2121 WHITE, emerald green stars, white sleeves, quartered cap Lots Of Memories (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-6 P G Fahey S E Butler 132 9/25.50
2 P33/11 PURPLE, yellow chevron & cap Alelchi Inois (FR) 18
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-3 W P Mullins R Walsh 7/18.00
3 133-1 CERISE Apache Stronghold (IRE) 39
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-3 N Meade P Carberry 9/25.50
4 112-1 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Azorian (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-3 E Griffin D N Russell 2/13.00
5 1141 Maroon, white star and armlet, white cap Devils Bride (IRE) 41
Nag me
6 11-3 W P Mullins P Townend 20/121.00
6 5/1 MAROON, WHITE star and armlets, ROYAL BLUE cap Empire Of Dirt (IRE) 25
Nag me
6 11-3 C A Murphy B J Cooper 16/117.00
7 D8-11 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Carriganog (IRE) 28
Nag me
4 10-13 A P O'Brien A P McCoy 138 7/24.50
8 F52111 White & red diabolo, hooped sleeves & cap Mrs Mac Veale (IRE) 15
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-13 R Murphy Andrew J McNamara 115 33/134.00

Verdict

All eight entries arrive in winning form. Devils Bride has been withdrawn twice in the fast few days so if Willie Mullins lets him go he has to be respected, though he has much more to do than when landing a Limerick maiden. His stablemate Alelchi Inois is progressing nicely and is Ruby's choice so he's on the short-list but the vote goes to CARRIGANOG, who is the only four-year-old and gets allowances. He's won his two starts over timber as he pleased and can take this step up in class in his stride. Lots Of Memories definitely improved when sent over 3m at Cork and may just get outpaced under a penalty so the biggest threat may emerge in the shape of Azorian, who bolted up on his hurdling debut at Cork.