Navan Saturday – Speedy Canford Art can Make Winning Return3 min read
Peter Fahey’s filly landed a gamble on her racecourse bow, and I think she can repeat the feat.
15:05 Meridian Security Handicap
Canford Art has only raced at Dundalk to date, but she should be suited by a sound surface on turf, and looks on a handy mark for this handicap debut. She landed a considerable gamble on her debut at Dundalk, and was caught late there last time when upped in trip to six furlongs. That form looks very good if viewed through the exploits of the well-beaten third, Hello Brigette, who ran well in the listed Polonoa Stakes at Naas recently, suggesting that Canford Art, who beat her 3½ lengths at level weights, is well treated on an initial mark of 77. Boragh Steps, Canford Art’s conqueror at Dundalk was behind Hello Brigette at Naas and reopposes the selection on 2lb worse terms. She could bounce back, but has had plenty of racing, and lacks the scope of the selection.
15:35 Mathews Agri Handicap
It’s hard to imagine that a seven-year-old mare having her 31st race could be improving, but that’s exactly the impression Oneoveryou gave when running away with a handicap at Dundalk, and as that was just her second start for the excellent Richard O’Brien, there is reason to believe that she was full value for the win. She returns to turf here, but that needn’t stop her, and she has a chance of making all again, helped by the fact that he biggest dangers on paper are arguably better over further than the minimum trip.
16:10 Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Yeats Stakes
Southern France won his maiden only last weekend at Leopardstown, but the son of Galileo is ready for this step up in class based on the style of that win, and this looks an ideal stepping stone on his way to a tilt at the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot next month. If he continues his progress, he may even develop into a St Leger candidate, and the step up in trip is sure to bring about considerable improvement here.