Navan

  • 12:50 Navan Novice Hurdle 2m 4f

  • Winner €25,075 2nd €8,075 3rd €3,825 4th €1,700
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 27.20s
  • Off time: 12:50:30
12:50 Navan Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Next Destination (IRE) 10/11
2nd Cracking Smart (FR) 7/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 F21-11 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Cracking Smart (FR) 42
Distance Winner
5 11-3 G Elliott J W Kennedy 7/42.75
2 433-312 Orange, black star , black & orange hooped sleeves, orange cap, black star Jetz (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
5 11-3 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 16/117.00
3 1/142-1 Black & white check, yellow sleeves, black & white quartered cap Next Destination (IRE) 36
5 11-3 W P Mullins D J Mullins 10/111.91
4 113-21 Maroon, white star & armlet, white cap Poli Roi (FR) 44
Course Winner
5 11-3 G Elliott D N Russell 7/18.00
6 1217-14 Dark blue, orange cross of lorraine & sleeves, quartered cap Half The Odds (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
5 10-10 N Meade S W Flanagan 125 25/126.00
Non runners
541-2133Delta Work (FR)410-13G ElliottB J Geraghty

Verdict

Gordon Elliott complicates matter with three entries though Cracking Smart looks best of the trio. A winning bumper in April, he hasn't really been tested in two starts over timber and will be difficult to beat. Stable-companion Poli Roi, a winning point-to-pointer and bumper, has improved with each run over timber though didn't have much to beat at Down Royal, while the four-year-old Delta Work has been beaten twice at Grade 3 level. Jetz was put in his place by Samcro here last month and though that was no disgrace it's NEXT DESTINATION who gets the vote. He did well enough in bumpers but it was his victory on his hurdling debut here last month that really caught the eye and he's likely to continue on an upward curve.