The Grand National is upon us, but don't forget about the action at Navan this afternoon! Timeform's Irish team have highlighted three bets...
"Florimund remains well treated on old form and, with the step back up in trip sure to suit, he looks worth supporting to come out on top."
Kates Benefit showed useful form when winning a pair of bumpers at Punchestown and Fairyhouse last term, but in-between those two efforts she made an encouraging start over hurdles when third to subsequent Grade-1 winner Marasonnien in a maiden at Naas. She shaped as if in need of the outing when down the field in a mares event at Fairyhouse on her reappearance, but is expected to strip fitter here and she looks sure to go close if able to build on that initial effort in this sphere.
Rathlin is a horse that should need little introduction to Irish racing fans following the marked progress he made over fences last term which led to three victories and culminated with him chasing home Flemenstar in the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse. After an encouraging start this term, he seemed to lose his way a little, but he has seemed rejuvenated by a return to timber on his last two starts, winning a competitive minor event on the first occasion. His main rival this afternoon looks to be Call The Police, but he had a hard enough race last week and Rathlin may take some pegging back if continuing his recent run of form back over fences.
Florimund developed into a fairly useful hurdler in 2009/10, winning on three occasions. He returned from a three-year absence over this course and distance in early March and showed enough in finishing seventh to Rockyaboya to suggest that he retained most of his ability. He was then dropped back to two-miles and immediately showed the benefit of his reappearance when a strong-finishing third to Mount Colah here last time. Florimund remains well treated on old form and, with the step back up in trip sure to suit, he looks worth supporting to come out on top.
Back Kates Benefit in the 14:20
Back Rathlin in the 16:35
Back Florimund in the 17:05
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