Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Saturday 8 December

Runners jump a fence
Today's feature at Navan is the Grade 3 Klarion Davis Novice Chase
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Timeform pick out their three best bets from Navan on Saturday afternoon, including in the Grade 3 Klarion Davis Novice Chase...

"...he could prove to be well-treated now sent back over fences, off a mark that is 19 lb lower than his start over hurdles."

Timeform on De Name Escapes Me

Ben Dundee - Navan 13:35

Ben Dundee already looks a much better chaser than hurdler after just two starts over fences, and he got off the mark in good style at Punchestown last month. This represents a step up in class, but he's open to more improvement yet and is sure to keep progressing. He gets a narrow vote over the favourite this morning Hardline, another who has made a promising start to his new career.

Gun Digger - Navan 14:10

This race usually proves to be an informative one, and has been won by the likes of Our Duke and Black Hercules in recent years. The one who makes most appeal this time around is Gun Digger, having made a promising debut when third at Gowran Park last month - looking the sort who will take to chasing well. With that experience under his belt, he shades the vote over the current favourite Chris's Dream, who makes his debut this afternoon.

De Name Escapes Me - Navan 14:45

De Name Escapes Me has taken a significant step forward over timber the last twice, looking still like he was on a workable mark when second at Navan last month, and he could prove to be well-treated now sent back over fences, off a mark that is 19 lb lower than his start over hurdles. Eight Till Late didn't stay 3m in the Troytrown last time and is likely still in good form, while Goose Man is open to further progress now switching to handicaps.

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