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Updated: Friday, 28 Feb 2014 17:02 | Comments

Navan's seven-race card gets underway at 2pm
Navan's seven-race card gets underway at 2pm

They may be heading into the twilight of their careers, but the 11 contestants in the Newgrange Veterans Handicap Chase provide a competitive field for the feature at Navan.

Popcorn will attempt to spark back into life after disappointing twice for Willie Mullins this term, while Headford Flyer returns to racing under Rules after a fruitful spell in the pointing ranks.

Becauseicouldntsee could be the pick of the bunch on his close third to White Star Line at Clonmel on his penultimate start.

Mullins may feel he holds stronger claims with Touch The Eden in the Follow Navan On Facebook Beginners Chase.

Second in both starts over fences this term, the seven-year-old could relish this drop in trip, though Butney Boy and Miss Xian will make sure this is no penalty kick.

Mullins' Measureofmydreams just failed to open his account under Rules at the first attempt last time and is likely to be a warm order in the Athboy (Pro/Am) Flat Race.

However, the presence of Ballychorus, The Herds Garden and Capital Pursuit is likely to ensure that this is an informative contest.

The meeting gets under way at 2pm with the Racing 16th March Maiden Hurdle, which gives Halling's Treasure, placed in all three hurdles starts, another chance to open his account.

Gordon Elliott has an extra string to his bow in the race with Ebony Roc, while Our Manekineko made a decent fist of things on his hurdling debut at Gowran.

Drumlee and Crystal Earth are two interesting horses in a bumper field for the Nobber Maiden Hurdle, while the Garlow Cross Handicap Hurdle could be between veteran Mick The Man and five-year-old Gold Not Silver.
 

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