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Aidan O'Brien sends strong field to contest Navan feature

Updated: Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 12:48 | Comments

Aidan O'Brien takes three to the big race at Navan
Aidan O'Brien takes three to the big race at Navan

Aidan O'Brien has used the Irish Tote Betting Now Available In Paddy Power Shops Maiden as a springboard to stardom for the likes of Fame And Glory and Recital, and is triple-handed in Wednesday's renewal at Navan.

Great Explorer, Indian Chief and Piet Mondrian bid to give the Ballydoyle handler his eighth win on the bounce in the race, with the pick perhaps Great Explorer, a Galileo colt who is, surprisingly, the only one of the trio to hold big-race entries.

O'Brien applies blinkers to King Of The Romans for his handicap debut in the Tote Jackpot Races 3 To 6 Nursery and an initial mark of 78 does not appear overly harsh for what he has achieved in his four appearances.

That said, this is a competitive affair, with Harmonic Note and Janna's Jingle also bringing decent maiden form to the table, and Lake Louise arriving on the back of a heavy-ground success at the Curragh.

O'Brien steps Exact out of maiden company for the first time in the www.totegoracingclub.com Handicap, while Tommy Carmody's Seventh Sign will find the Tote Return All Profits To Irish Racing Handicap easier than the Irish Cesarewitch.

The biggest prize of the afternoon is up for grabs in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap, and Jim Bolger's Rigoletta is out to supplement her narrow Fairyhouse success off the same rating.

Her primary rival could be Mamma Rosa, who turns out again quickly after going under by just half a length at Cork on Saturday.

Bolger will also have high hopes for Morga, who attempts to better her recent course second in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden.

The Tote Pick Six Apprentice Handicap gets the action under way at 1.35 and Edenshaw, Allegra Tak and Stones Peak renew rivalries after chasing home Srucahan at the Curragh earlier in the month.

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