Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Easy for Vic at Navan

Ruby Walsh can win on Easy Vic at Navan
Ruby Walsh can win on Easy Vic at Navan

Timeform highlight three horses worth backing at Navan...

Easy Vic was arguably flattered by his finishing position last time, staying on late in the day without ever looking a threat, but it still represented a return to his best and the softer conditions, which will put a premium on stamina, ought to play to his strengths...

Our first bet runs in the two-mile handicap hurdle at 12:35 as we take a chance on Cave Artist. Fit from the Flat, Cave Artist produced a creditable effort at Fairyhouse last time, keeping on at the one pace to finish third, and he makes plenty of appeal in this weak-looking contest. Cave Artist's performance at Fairyhouse shows that he is clearly in decent heart at the moment, something which cannot be said for all of his rivals, and he is worth chancing.

Ned Buntline was a useful performer in bumpers and over hurdles and he produced an encouraging performance on his chasing bow at Navan last month; he is capable of winning the 17-furlong beginners' chase at 14:10. On the face of it, it was perhaps slightly disappointing that he didn't have the pace to take care of Ballycasey over a trip short of that horse's best. However, Ned Buntline raced quite freely at Navan on what was his first start for 10 months and he should benefit from the initial experience. Ned Buntline has the physique to make an impact over fences and he ought to take this en route to better things.

Easy Vic was a good second over hurdles here last time and he is of serious interest in the two-and-a-half mile handicap chase at 14:50. Tony Martin's charge was arguably flattered by his finishing position last time, staying on late in the day without ever looking a threat, but it still represented a return to his best and the softer conditions, which will put a premium on stamina, ought to play to his strengths. He looks likely to give a good account.   

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Navan

Back Cave Artist in the 12:35
Back Ned Buntline in the 14:10
Back Easy Vic in the 14:50


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