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Updated: Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 13:32 | Comments

The action at Navan is off at 2.05
The action at Navan is off at 2.05

Navan's Bet Online At thetote.com Maiden has been used by Aidan O'Brien as a springboard to stardom and the Ballydoyle trainer is double-handed this year.

The likes of Fame And Glory, Recital and Macarthur are on the roll of honour and aiming to follow in their hoofprints are recent C & D runner-up Belisarius and Montjeu newcomer Adjusted.

Jim Bolger broke O'Brien's stranglehold on the race 12 months ago with subsequent Group One winner Loch Garman and this time relies on Evason, who was just ahead of the reopposing Abushamah when second on his Tipperary debut.

Bolger should have high hopes for Freedom Square in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nursery Handicap (1.35), which has attracted just the three runners. The top-weight has his sights lowered after contesting Listed races either side of the Futurity.

Bolger pitched Intense Light into the deep end on her racecourse introduction and she didn't let him down by finishing fourth in a Listed heat at the Curragh. She sets the standard in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies Maiden.

O'Brien supplemented Century for the Racing Post Trophy on Monday and the form of his Curragh success goes on trial when Dermot Weld's fourth home Bush Pilot takes in the Tote Pick Six Maiden.

His stable companion Grecian Tiger has a bright jumping future but showed his mettle on the level by beating subsequent winner Egyptian Warrior at Gowran Park last month, and an initial mark of 80 doesn't seem too harsh for what is admittedly a competitive Tote Mobile Betting Handicap.

The richest contest on the card is the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap, which sees Saturday's Cork scorer Susiescot attempting to defy a 5lb penalty. She gets over a stone from O'Brien's top-weight Beach Of Falesa, who has been competing in Listed races. 

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