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Navan review

Updated: Saturday, 29 Sep 2012 19:16 | Comments

Persistence paid off for Paul Carberry as Bat Masterson got up in the Albany Hurdle
Persistence paid off for Paul Carberry as Bat Masterson got up in the Albany Hurdle

Our Victoria (5/2) took a drop back in trip in her stride to claim the prize for the Le Grande Chase at Navan.

The Colin Bowe-trained mare didn't figure in the Kerry National but was always prominent here and Declan Lavery sent her on early enough to make use of her stamina.

Heavenly Brook went in pursuit, while the effort of market leader Donnas Palm was short-lived, and Our Victoria stuck to her guns all the way to the line to cross it with 16 lengths to spare.

Persistence paid off for Paul Carberry as Bat Masterson (9/2) got up in the Albany Hurdle.

Beachdale Lad appeared the most likely winner when collaring long-time leader Katys Girl between the last two flights, but he began to tread water and Bat Masterson finished over the top of him to register a two-and-three-quarter-length success.

Tofino Bay (2/1 favourite) got off the mark at the first attempt over fences in the Kells Beginners Chase.

Dessie Hughes' classy hurdler doesn't have many miles on the clock for a nine-year-old and after going stride for stride with He's Our Man for much of the contest, he showed resolution which belied his five-month absence to prevail by half a length.

Hughes' bumper winner Captain Arceus (10/1) broke his jumping duck in the Navan Maiden Hurdle, and Willie Mullins' 5/4 favourite Tasitiocht did the same, outclassing her rivals in the Racing Again Wednesday 10th October Mares Maiden Hurdle.

The application of blinkers worked the oracle for Hidden Shamrock in the Drogheda Handicap Hurdle.

There was substantial support for Give Us A Hand, but he could never land a blow and it was left to Leonard Whitmore's 10/1 shot to beat Cool Oscar by two lengths.

Celerity Rules stole a march on his rivals on the home turn and just had enough in the locker to fend off A Twist Of Fate in the Garlow Cross (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race.

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