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Cause of Causes heads to Navan in bid to follow up on his Ladbroke success at Ascot

Updated: Saturday, 12 Jan 2013 15:20 | Comments

Cause Of Causes (right) and Davy Condon on their way to victory at Ascot
Cause Of Causes (right) and Davy Condon on their way to victory at Ascot

There may be only four runners in the Follow Navan On Facebook Hurdle, which gets the meeting at Navan under way at 12.45, but it should prove an intriguing contest.

Cause Of Causes was an impressive winner of The Ladbroke at Ascot last time but faces a very different test from that big-field handicap here, while Midnight Game made it two wins on the bounce with victory in a small-field Listed hurdle at Thurles.

However, the most interesting challenger could be Hisaabaat, one of the leading juvenile hurdlers of last season, who seems to be taking some time to hit top form this term.

The richest race on the card is the Foxrock Handicap Chase, which sees Tarquinius bid for a hat-trick of successes after wins at Leopardstown and Fairyhouse.

Rich Revival and Fever Pitch also come here on the back of a win, but the one to watch out for is Harpsy Cord, who was clear when falling at the last fence at Limerick and will be out to atone for that agonising loss.

Last year's Champion Novice Hurdle winner at Punchestown, Alderwood, bids to make it third time lucky over fences when he takes on Mark Me Up and Prima Vista in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase.

Willie Mullins gives Suntiep his first start over timber in the Navan Golf Course Maiden Hurdle after the seven-year-old quickened well to score on his sole start in bumpers.

Point-to-point winner Fence Me In and Jim Culloty's Hard To Swallow could prove the biggest threats to Mullins' runner.

Dancers Dilemma bids to open his account over timber in the 2013 Navan Membership Maiden Hurdle, while the Meath Handicap Hurdle looks an open affair, with World Citizen, Shanroe Society and Prince Of Milan just three of a number of likely challengers.

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