Bilbo Worth Backing Returned To Navan
It has been another barren week in terms of winners, but hopefully our luck changes for the better this weekend. Triopas ran a nice enough race at Taunton on Thursday, staying on for 5th from the back. Curragh Na Gold looks as though she has fallen out of love with racing, and she is one to forget about for now.
|Adrian Murray is as shrewd as they come.
Saturday’s selection will be familiar to regular readers after I tipped him up on handicap debut at Fairyhouse. He only finished 8th off an opening mark of 100, but he again showed definite promise and he travelled well for a long way. He also showed promise on his final maiden run over today’s course and distance, and the return to Navan could do the trick.
Murray had a nice winner a couple of weeks ago at Gowran with Killaro Boy, and Sean Flanagan rode him that day. He takes over from Ger Fox in the saddle, and he is 1/3 overall when riding for Murray. Bilbo Bagins has also been dropped a couple of pounds to a mark of 98, and on the evidence of his maiden run here that should be well within his compass.
Barry Cash gave him a very tender ride on that occasion, and he could have finished a whole lot closer than the 23L he was beaten by the winner. The 3rd home that day, Monkshood, hacked up by 12L in a bumper on his next start, while the runner up (18L ahead of Bilbo Bagins) is now rated 123. He has had a 28 day break to get over his exertions at Fairyhouse, and at odds of 20/1 he looks well worth chancing each way.
STEVOS’ SELECTION: 15.20 NAVAN-BILBO BAGINS E/W @ 20/1
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