Timeform Shortlist: Navan, Sunday 17 February

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There are two Grade 2 races at Navan on Sunday, including the Boyne Hurdle at 14:20
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"...it would come as no surprise to see him improve from that effort and he can come out on top again with bigger targets ahead."

Timeform on Ucello Conti

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1.50 Ladbrokes Where The Nation Plays Maiden Hurdle 2m

Timeform Top Rated
128 8. RAYA TIME Henry de Bromhead Rachael Blackmore
107p 7. OUTSIDE THE RING Neil McKnight A. W. Short (3)
106 5. MON STORM Victor Wilson D. J. McInerney (3)

Analyst's Verdict:
Raya Time failed to land the odds at Fairyhouse last time but he pulled too hard that day and this represents another good opportunity. Dumhach Thra caught the eye on hurdles debut at Naas and is one to note along with hurdledebutants Milan Native and Behind The Curtain.

2.20 Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m5f

Timeform Top Rated
169 5. OFF YOU GO Charles Byrnes M. P. Walsh
168 4. CRACKING SMART Gordon Elliott J. W. Kennedy
166 1. COQUIN MANS W. P. Mullins P. Townend

Analyst's Verdict:
This represents a step up in class for Off You Go but he can take it in his stride. Indeed, he left the distinct impression that moving into graded company would hold no terrors when landing the valuable Ladbroke Hurdle for the second year running at Leopardstown 15 days ago. With Coquin Mans and Cracking Smart both on recovery missions, Bachasson is nominated as the main danger.

2.55 Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle 2m

Timeform Top Rated
139 7. BRITISH ART R. K. Watson B. Browne (2)
138 2. ADMIRAL BRIAN Eamon O'Connell E. O'Connell (4)
136 6. LA BELLA VIDA Miss Elizabeth Doyle J. P. O'Sullivan (4)

Analyst's Verdict:
With conditions in his favour, British Art could be the answer to this competitive-looking heat. He did well under the circumstances when fourth in a Down Royal novice last time (faced a stiff task at the weights) and looked progressive prior to that. Mystique Heights, successful at Naas last time, is likely to offer stern resistance and is feared most ahead of Geneva Barracks and Oscars Den.

3.25 Ladbrokes Acca Boosty Ten Up Novice Chase (Grade 2) 3m

Timeform Top Rated
163 2. ANY SECOND NOW T. M. Walsh M. P. Walsh
162p 5. CHRIS'S DREAM Henry de Bromhead Rachael Blackmore
159p 4. CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC Gordon Elliott J. W. Kennedy

Analyst's Verdict:
Champagne Classic was a smart novice hurdler in 2016/17 (Cheltenham Festival and Grade 1 winner), and shaped very well on chase debut at Naas before lack of peak fitness caught him out after 21 months off, his jumping and the way he moved through the race suggesting he's got a big future in this sphere as long as he remains sound. Chris's Dream and Any Second Now are the obvious threats.

4.00 Boardsmill Sires Hunters Chase 3m

Timeform Top Rated
156 7. UCELLO CONTI Gordon Elliott Mr B. O'Neill
135+ 4. SYDNEY PAGET P. M. J. Doyle Mr D. O'Connor
131+ 2. COASTAL TIEP Stuart Crawford Mr B. G. Crawford (7)

Analyst's Verdict:
Ucello Conti wasn't anywhere near his best when scoring on hunter chase debut at Thurles last month, yet it would come as no surprise to see him improve from that effort and he can come out on top again with bigger targets ahead. Prolific pointer Sydney Paget and low-mileage 7-y-o Timewaitsfornoone are a couple of others to consider.

4.30 Ladbrokes Bet On The Cheltenham Festival Mares Handicap Hurdle 2½m

Timeform Top Rated
132 11. IKNOWWHEREIAMNOW J. P. Dempsey L. P. Dempsey
131 2. STUCKER HILL W. J. Lanigan D. E. Mullins
130 1. WATER SPRITE Mervyn Torrens R. C. Colgan

Analyst's Verdict:
There is a race in I'm Not Alone and she could be the way to go stepping up in trip on just her sixth start. Iknowwhereiamnow and Gliondar Mo Chroi are a couple of others to consider.

5.00 Ladbrokes Odds Boost (Pro/Am) I.N.H. Flat 2m

Timeform Top Rated
104 10. MULTIFACTORIAL Gordon Elliott Ms Lisa O'Neill
100 3. CENOTICE Noel Meade Mr M. J. O'Hare (3)
91 7. FOUR COUNTRY ROADS M. Hourigan Mr D. O'Connor

Analyst's Verdict:
Gordon Elliott could hold the key to this, with point-winner Thatsy fancied over Multifactorial in the hope he's ready to go after nearly a year off.


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