Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Wednesday October 23

Jim Bolger trains Miss Ekaterina

Navan plays host to a Flat meeting on Wednesday...

"Miss Ekaterina was a good second on last month's 12f handicap bow at Roscommon and wasn't seen to best effect (left poorly placed) at the Curragh since."

In the 15:45, Intense Light is favourite seemingly on the basis that she debuted in a listed race. Therefore, greater value could lie with newcomer Nidhaam, who is from the family of Snaafy and Nafisah. If she's going to be anywhere near their level, she'll probably be up to making a winning start here.

In the following handicap (16:15), the improving Snakes And Ladders is taken to come on again fitted with cheekpieces.  He justified strong support to get off the mark at Naas in May and has found the frame on both starts since. There are admittedly dangers in the 18-strong field, with Teochrios remaining one to bear in mind despite still being a maiden, while Lake Louise is a C&D winner and also makes the shortlist.

In the 16:50, Miss Ekaterina was a good second on last month's 12f handicap bow at Roscommon and wasn't seen to best effect (left poorly placed) at the Curragh since. She has speed to cope with this shorter trip and duly heads the shortlist. Of the others on that list, Beach of Falesa will find this easier than the listed events she's contested of late and rates a threat along with Sheilas Wish.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays
All at Navan

Back Nidhaam in the 15:45
Back Snakes And Ladders in the 16:15
Back Miss Ekaterina in the 16:5

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