Today's racecards

Navan

  • 14:20 Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Novice Chase2m 1f

  • Winner €13,000 2nd €3,799 3rd €1,799 4th €600
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 22.80s
  • Off time: 14:20:06
14:20 Navan Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Felix Yonger (IRE) 1/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1125/11 beige, dark blue braces, dark blue armlets and cap Felix Yonger (IRE) 20
Nag me
7 11-12 W P Mullins R Walsh 1/21.50
2 2-P5013 YELLOW, black stars, black sleeves, black star on cap Passage Vendome (FR) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-8 W P Mullins M P Fogarty 135 20/121.00
3 21031-1 BEIGE, dark green diabolo on sleeves, black cap The Paparrazi Kid (IRE) 27
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-8 W P Mullins D E Mullins 10/111.00
4 132/24-1 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Trifolium (FR) 16
Nag me
6 11-8 C Byrnes D N Russell 2/13.00

Verdict

The three Willie Mullins entries are in different ownerships so the fact that Ruby Walsh has chosen FELIX YONGER suggests he should be the pick. Runner-up to Simonsig in the Grade 1 Neptune Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham, he's made a superb start to his chasing career twice beating quality rivals at Punchestown, the latter in a Grade 2 for which he is penalised though he finished 21 lengths in front of stablemate Passage Vendome. The Paparrazi Kid ended last season's campaign with a victory in a very tough handicap over timber at Punchestown and was impressive when beating Castle Wings on his chasing bow at Limerick. However, it's Trifolium who looks the main threat to the selection as Charles Byrnes' classy hurdler, placed in championship races at Cheltenham and Punchestown last year, defied a long absence to make a spectacular start over fences at Thurles last month and is expected to take high rank among the novices this season.