Navan Saturday: Don’t get mad, get Crosse!3 min read
I fancy it could be a good day for the Crosse siblings at Navan, while The King is expected to bounce back from a disappointing return.
13:50 Cross Guns Gastro Pub Handicap
A rather motley lot for this cavalry charge, with the vote going to the speedy Sweetest Taboo, who was ridden by a 10-lb claimer when below form last time, and is reunited with Nathan Crosse here. Crosse was on board when Willie McCreery’s mare ran several creditable races from higher marks at this venue in 2017, and now that she’s eased down the weights again, she can take advantage of an easier task than she’s been facing on recent outings. She has the early pace to grab the rail, and the forecast ground will help her see things out better than has been the case.
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14:25 Summer Ladies Day Apprentice Handicap
It could be a good day for the Crosse siblings, as Nathan’s younger brother Shane rides Focus of Attention on her debut for Joseph O’Brien. The daughter of Intense Focus showed quite useful form to land a Down Royal maiden at this trip for Eddie Lynam last September, and bettered that form on handicap bow at Fairyhouse before joining her current yard for €23,000 in February. She looks the type to improve further after just a handful of starts, and it’s interesting that she doesn’t wear the tongue tie she sported for previous connections, suggesting a wind operation has been performed before this return.
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16:10 Royal County Handicap
The trio who dominated the race he ran in last time will be parading for the Derby as The King takes his place here, and while he disappointed when last in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, he had looked a colt of great potential last year, and can get back on track tackling handicappers now. When he won his maiden, The King had more than three lengths to spare over Imaging, who has gone on to win the Tetrarch Stakes this season, as well as finishing second in the 2000 Guineas trial ahead of U S Navy Flag. Those form lines suggest he’s much better than he showed at Leopardstown, and he deserves another chance to progress as expected.
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