Navan

  • 16:20 Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle 2m

  • Winner €8,626 2nd €2,000 3rd €875 4th €500
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 17.10s
  • Off time: 16:20:08
16:20 Navan Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Court Jester (IRE) 10/3
2nd Rafi De Triana (FR) 9/2
3rd Spacious Sky (USA) 11/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 F51-12U EMERALD GREEN, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap Sizing Australia (IRE) 71
Nag meDistance Winner
12 11-9 p H De Bromhead B Hayes (2) 106 8/19.00
2 202-100 ROYAL BLUE & WHITE CHEVRONS, royal blue cap, white diamonds Treacy Hotels Boy (IRE) 175
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-9 H De Bromhead I J McCarthy 106 20/121.00
3 60-0000 RED, white hoop, white sleeves, pink cap Kilmainham (IRE) 47
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-6 F Flood G N Fox (4) 103 16/117.00
4 9-P0612 Light green, royal blue star & sleeves, light green cap Westerners Son (IRE) 17
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-5 D A McLoughlin C M Walsh (4) 102 5/16.00
5 300468 GREEN & RED HOOPS, white cap Masterofdeception (IRE) 28
Nag me
6 11-3 b1 Mrs J Harrington P D Kennedy (2) 100 14/115.00
6 500103 LIGHT BLUE & DARK BLUE HALVED, sleeves reversed, hooped cap Spacious Sky (USA) 52
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-2 A J Martin S A Shortall (4) 100 11/26.50
7 570490 ROYAL BLUE, red disc, royal blue cap Atrafs Lad (IRE) 25
Nag me
7 10-12 J P Fahey S E Butler (2) 95 50/151.00
8 8125-03 Brown, white sleeves, brown chevrons, white & brown striped cap Rafi De Triana (FR) 17
Nag meDistance Winner
9 10-12 p Miss E Doyle B F Cawley (4) 95 9/25.50
9 008204 Dark blue, yellow hollow box, halved sleeves, yellow diamond on cap Shanroe Society (IRE) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-12 b1 J J Lambe L A McKenna (4) 95 12/113.00
10 UP-0432 Purple, purple cap, mauve diamond Court Jester (IRE) 11
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-10 S Wilson J S McGarvey (2) 93 10/34.33
11 F2079P Maroon, White triple diamond, striped cap Gone Bust (IRE) 49
Nag me
7 10-1 M Cullinane B R Dalton 84 28/129.00
12 F-0070 Emerald green, dark blue sleeves, red stars, black cap Themanwiththeplan (IRE) 17
Nag me
7 10-0 Miss Sharon Dunphy M P Butler 83 33/134.00
13 600 Royal Blue, Pink disc, Maroon sleeves, Royal Blue stars, Dark Blue cap, Pink spots Freeport 29
Nag me
4 9-12 P Nolan C D Maxwell 95 20/121.00
14 4-P2UP9 Black, emerald green triple diamond, emerald green sleeves, black diamonds, emerald green cap, black stars Yeoman (FR) 29
Nag meDistance Winner
13 9-11 t D J Ryan R A Doyle (4) 80 66/167.00

Verdict

Sizing Australia is one of the top cross-country horses around and will be using this as a prelude to the big meetings in the spring. He last won over hurdles at Wexford in October and, as he's only 6lb higher, can carry his big weight with distinction. Westerners Son landed a Leopardstown handicap on New Year's Eve for which he was handed an astonishing 13lb rise which he very nearly defied at Thurles. He's up another 3lb but his rider can claim all of that back so a big run is anticipated. Spacious Sky is just 5lb higher than when scoring here in November and ran very well when last seen in December so he has to go on the shortlist but it's COURT JESTER who looks the one to be on as he has been in cracking form on testing ground and only just failed to see off Gold Not Silver over a trip too far at Down Royal.