Sunday Irish Racing Tips: Oxx can land listed prize with Bengala

Order Of St George is the star attraction on a classy Navan card and Tony Keenan has six horses to back
Order Of St George is the star attraction on a classy Navan card and Tony Keenan has six horses to back

After a week's hiatus, Tony Keenan is back with a preview of a good flat card at Navan where he has a number of fancies...

"Those with group and listed form already, the likes of Queen Anne’s Lace, Bound and Butterflies, have already proven themselves vulnerable at that level so this looks a race to go with potential and Bengala stands out in that regard."

1.5 Point Back Bengala @ 6.25/1 or bigger in the Navan 15:55

I've been away in the US and Canada over the last week or so and the essential weirdness of life in North America - at least for someone coming from the wilds of Monaghan - never fails to get me. At one point I was watching a news station in a hotel lobby or at least I thought it was a news station as it was simultaneously managing to cover news, weather, traffic updates, sports results and the stock market on the same screen! I'm all for trying to keep on top of things but this information overload was getting to me. Thankfully it's back to basics today with just a single Irish meeting at Navan.


Navan 15:20 - Stack runner is solid but don't forget Callender

Both Psychedelic Funk and Intelligence Cross can be opposed in the Power Stakes; the former didn't really go on from his Coventry Stakes third while the latter has an overall patchy profile and went with little promise on his return. Son Of Rest looks much the pick of the fancied runners though I would want to get 5.04/1 or bigger. It was notable that his trainer said he 'wasn't drilled' for his seasonal return, despite the yard tending to have them ready early, so there should be improvement in him for that run. His fourth in last year's National Stakes was an excellent effort in the context of a horse making his second start and this might prove his optimum distance.

At bigger odds, Callender is worth a saver. Mick Halford has his horses unseasonably forward and had a double at Cork yesterday and this colt is two from two at a track that can produce specialists. Though only seventh last time, he shaped well in an all-aged listed race last backend against proven speedsters, getting a sectional upgrade in the process and seems as likely as any of these to make up into a pattern sprinter.


Navan 15:55 - Trust the potential of Bengala

Those with group and listed form already, the likes of Queen Anne's Lace, Bound and Butterflies, have already proven themselves vulnerable at that level so this looks a race to go with potential and Bengala stands out in that regard. Her maiden win, where the first five home were all unraced, is obviously hard to rate but there were reasons to be positive about the form; despite a slow pace, the first three pulled clear and all are entered up in good races while those with form were a good distance back. Furthermore, Bengala was the one most disadvantaged by the pace having been held up and quickened up markedly in the straight, closing in a fast sectional time.


Navan 16:25 - Class can prevail with Order Of St George

As punters we can be inclined to ignore the obvious and shoot for the big-priced winner but Order Of St George looks much the best in the Vintage Crop and has upwards of 7lbs in hand of the field. The issue with him is fitness but his yard has started well and he is a horse that goes well off a break; he won first time out last year and off his mid-season break while also going close in a hot Curragh Cup on his first three-year-old run. I had him odds-on so race fitness looks to be overrated in this market and it could be best to go with class.


Navan 16:55 - Two against the field in three-year-old handicap

This is a competitive three-year-old handicap but Room To Roam and Pandagreen appeal at the prices. The reapplication of blinkers look the key for Room To Roam and his trainer does well with this method (Hansian Prince was a successful example at Cork earlier in the month) and 81 seems a fair mark particularly on his Galway fourth last July.

Pandagreen might prove the best-handicapped horse in the field and is worth backing despite the lack of a run. She shaped really well off a break last October before getting a bad trip on her final start at Leopardstown; she repeatedly met minor traffic throughout that race and did well to finish fifth from off the pace in a race that was dominated by those that made the running.


Recommended Bets:
1 Point Back Son Of Rest @ [5.o] or bigger in the Navan 15:20
0.5 Point Back Callender @ 21.020/1 or bigger in the Navan 15:20
1.5 Point Back Bengala @ 6.25/1 or bigger in the Navan 15:55
1 Point Back Order Of St George @ 2.1211/10 or bigger in the Navan 16:25
0.5 Point Back Room To Roam @ 6.25/1 or bigger in the Navan 16:55
0.5 Point Back Pandagreen @ 9.28/1 or bigger in the Navan 16:55

2017 P+L: + 13.75 points

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