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A look ahead to the Navan card for Saturday's meeting

Updated: Friday, 07 Jun 2013 14:27 | Comments

John Oxx
John Oxx

Stepwise attempts to confirm the promise of his impressive reappearance in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race at Navan on Saturday.

John Oxx's Azamour colt looked a decent enough prospect when third on his only start as a juvenile, but he proved he had made great strides through the winter when toying with his opponents on his comeback over this course and distance.

This looks a nice stepping stone to Pattern company, but it isn't a penalty kick because the returning Forester was only two lengths behind Dawn Approach on his introduction and is in the July Cup.

Nandiga kept top company after her Curragh debut success, while Won Diamond made the frame in a handicap at the same venue last month and completes the select line-up.

One True Love just failed to break her duck at Naas on Monday and Aidan O'Brien turns her out quickly for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

The Ballydoyle handler has decied to put a hood on Wilshire Boulevard in the opening Lynn Lodge Stud EBF Median Auction Maiden (2.15pm) and there were enough positives to take from his first start at Gowran Park to earn him his place at the head of the shortlist.

O'Brien is also responsible for top-weight League Of Nations in the Paddy Power In Support Of The Irish Dogs For The Disabled Handicap, but he was a costly failure at Killarney and Jim Bolger's Clonmel runner-up Sceilg may be a more reliable option.

Johnny Murtagh is up and running as a trainer now and his Elastomer attempts to better last week's Down Royal second in the Boylesports Bet On Your Mobile Apprentice Handicap.

Municipal also hit the crossbar for Murtagh earlier in the week and now tries his luck in the Adelaide Insurance Services The Motor Cycle Insurance Specialists Handicap.

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