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Navan preview

Updated: Friday, 06 Dec 2013 20:13 | Comments

Action at Navan is off at 12.15
Action at Navan is off at 12.15

Willie Mullins has three of the four runners in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase at Navan, but will still have his work cut out against Trifolium.

Felix Yonger looks the pick of the Mullins trio after beating Defy Logic to win a Grade Two at Punchestown, but he has to give 4lb to Charles Byrnes' Trifolium, who was a classy sort over hurdles and opened his chase account at Thurles with ease.

Mullins gives Faugheen his next assignment in the Meath Novice Hurdle after he was not hard pushed to score on his debut over timber at Punchestown.

Impressive in winning both starts under Rules, the five-year-old could prove a cut above his rivals, though Thurles winner Gold Patrol, Wexford scorer Diyala and smart bumper horse The Winkler should ensure it is a decent test.

French import Vautour represents the champion trainer in the opening Kells Maiden Hurdle at 12.15, having finished second on both starts in his native country.

Owner JP McManus has no fewer than seven horses in opposition, with the Noel Meade-trained Harvey Logan and Naas sixth Shantou Ed arguably the pick.

Mullins has strong claims in the Dunmoe Mares Maiden Hurdle with Urticaire, a multiple bumper winner in France, but Aidan O'Brien could have the pick of the bunch.

Beach Of Falesa fell just short of Listed level on the Flat, but is certainly classy enough to make an impact over timber if taking to jumping.

Sizing Brisbane represents Mullins in the Navan 2014 Membership On Sale INH Flat Race and is sure to be popular, though Flags Pass and Lord Scoundrel come into the contest on the back of near-misses.

Tony Martin's Easy Vic is one of a number of likely types for the Yellow Furze Handicap Hurdle, while Tabhachtach bids for a quick return to winning ways in the Dean Hill Handicap Chase.
 

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