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Valuable novice chase at Navan attracts big field, with Panther Claw holding strong claims

Updated: Sunday, 17 Mar 2013 12:45 | Comments

Paul Nolan's Panther Claw ran a big race in the Thyestes and returns to novice company for Monday's feature at Navan
Paul Nolan's Panther Claw ran a big race in the Thyestes and returns to novice company for Monday's feature at Navan

With a first prize of €32,500 up for grabs, Monday's Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Handicap Chase at Navan has attracted a big field.

Panther Claw is sure to be near the forefront in most punters' thoughts, having finished third when taking on more seasoned handicappers in the Thyestes.

His owners, Gigginstown House Stud, are also represented by the Mouse Morris-trained Carry Each Other, who came to grief in a C & D event won by the reopposing Wise Oscar at the beginning of the month.

Murchu backs up just over a week after his second in the Leinster National, and Please Talk is also worth a mention after finishing fourth in the good Leopardstown handicap in which another contender, King Of The Refs, was an early faller.

The action gets under way at 2.15 with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Hurdle and although only four go to post, it could produce a fascinating match between Suntiep and Bonisland.

Willie Mullins' Suntiep hasn't put a foot wrong yet, scoring at Limerick and at this circuit, but his Gordon Elliott-trained rival has run well behind Ballycasey and Rule The World since finishing third in a Grade 2 event, so appears the one to beat.

Elliott has further claims of success with the in-form and versatile Barneys Honour in the Kilberry Handicap Hurdle, while Mullins will have high hopes for City Slicker in the PGA's At Navan Golf Club Maiden Hurdle.

Dermot Weld has been unusually quiet this National Hunt season but his Some Tikket created a strong impression here a couple of weeks ago and tackles obstacles for the first time in the Liam Buggy Navan Golf Captain Maiden Hurdle.

Hidden Present chased home the aforementioned Barneys Honour last time and tries to go one better in the Nellie Murray Navan Lady Golf Captain Handicap Chase.

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