Today's racecards

Navan

  • 15:00 Friends Of Navan Fortria Chase 2m

  • Winner €27,300 2nd €8,400 3rd €4,200 4th €1,680
  • Going: Soft, Soft/Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 25.00s
  • Off time: 15:01:27
15:00 Navan Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Big Zeb (IRE) 8/15

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1/21411- PURPLE, yellow spots, purple sleeves, yellow spots on cap Big Zeb (IRE) 235
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-12 C A Murphy B J Geraghty 174 8/151.53
2 112611- RED, white hooped sleeves, red cap, white spots Golden Silver (FR) 201
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-12 W P Mullins P Townend 166 11/43.75
3 1/32131- RED, white cross of lorraine & sleeves, red cap Joncol (IRE) 273
Nag me
7 11-12 P Nolan A P Cawley 161 6/17.00
4 445068- DARK GREEN, yellow seams, yellow cap, white stars Carthalawn (IRE) 252
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-10 G Elliott D J Condon 146 25/126.00

Verdict

BIG ZEB won this on his reappearance last season when there were only five runners and there's one less to worry about this time. Colm Murphy's charge went on to become the leading two-miler in the business subsequently with his brilliant victory over Forpadydeplasterer in the Queen Mother Champion Chase the obvious highlight. Golden Silver was beaten a long way at Cheltenham and was earlier seven lengths behind the selection at Punchestown and it would be a surprise if he could reverse the form. Joncol is better over further as he proved with a superb victory over Cooldine in the Hennessy Gold Cup over three miles at Leopardstown while Carthalawn was twice a long way behind Golden Silver last season and it would take a giant leap of faith to see him successful against this top-class opposition.