Navan

  • 16:20 Newgrange Veterans Handicap Chase3m

  • Winner €10,350 2nd €2,400 3rd €1,050 4th €600
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 45.50s
  • Off time: 16:20:11
16:20 Navan Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Cherryantor (IRE) 33/1
2nd Duers (IRE) 16/1
3rd Montana Slim (IRE) 6/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1716/UP EMERALD GREEN, pink diamond & sleeves, white cap Popcorn (FR) 27
Nag me
11 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 129 12/113.00
2 034030 WHITE, light blue sash, brown cap Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) 105
Nag meDistance Winner
11 11-9 N F Glynn D N Russell 128 8/19.00
3 974F62 EMERALD GREEN, red sash, white sleeves & cap Sole Witness (IRE) 27
Nag meCourse Winner
10 11-8 C A McBratney B R Dalton (3) 127 7/24.50
4 705264 Emerald green, purple star, diabolo on sleeves, purple star on cap Glenquest (IRE) 14
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-4 T O'Brien A P Heskin 123 9/25.50
5 270-588 RED, yellow cross of lorraine, black cap Tullintain (IRE) 63
Nag meDistance Winner
11 10-12 pt R Tyner P T Enright 117 12/113.00
6 084-213 ROYAL BLUE & YELLOW QUARTERED, yellow chevrons on sleeves, white cap Headford Flyer (IRE) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
10 10-10 E O'Grady M P Fogarty 115 12/113.00
7 P24157 Yellow, light blue star, striped sleeves, light blue star on cap Duers (IRE) 27
Nag meDistance Winner
12 10-8 A A Howard D J Condon 113 16/117.00
8 321-317 Red, dark blue chevron, dark blue sleeves, red stars, red cap, dark blue star Hillman (IRE) 56
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
10 10-3 J J Walsh M A Enright 108 4/15.00
9 3-3P6B9 ROYAL BLUE & YELLOW DIABOLO, royal blue sleeves, quartered cap Benefit Night (IRE) 27
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
14 9-10 t D W O'Sullivan M P Butler (3) 100 16/117.00
10 7P-PPF7 Black, Red star, striped sleeves, Red cap Montana Slim (IRE) 8
Nag meDistance Winner
12 9-10 M O'Hare A E Lynch 97 6/17.00
11 P4045P YELLOW, black chevron & chevrons on sleeves, yellow cap, black spots Cherryantor (IRE) 24
Nag me
10 9-10 p I Madden S J Crimin (7) 85 33/134.00

Verdict

Hillman won three times in the spring of last year and though tailed off on his reappearance in January will strip much fitter this time. Willie Mullins is persevering with the once very-promising Popcorn, who had over two years off since easily beating Rathlin at Thurles in 2011. He's shown nothing since his comeback and pulled up at Punchestown last time when SOLE WITNESS finished runner-up. That was the latter's best effort for a very long time and, with just a 3lb rise to contend with, this looks within his capabilities. Glenquest hasn't won for over two years and is still higher in the weights while Duers has looked only moderate since landing a point-to-point in November. Becauseicouldntsee has dropped to a winnable mark and will be heading back to Cheltenham after this so is definitely one to keep an eye on.