RELKWOOD (Towcester, 2.50) doesn’t have a particularly appealing strike rate (1-10) but Paul Morgan’s grey gelding appears to be fancied to win his second race over fences this afternoon. The 6yo has been supported down to 7-2 from 11-2 to win the 3m 1f event under Denis O’Regan.
The biggest move at Navan is for the Dermot Weld-trained VIGIL who is clearly fancied to make a winning Flat debut in the two-mile maiden at 3.05. Vigil was a very respectable sixth behind Yorkhill in last season’s Neptune Investment Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and, as a dual winning bumper in 2014 (both on soft), he should have little trouble with today’s test. The 7yo is now best price 4-6 having been as big as 5-4 overnight.
Ludlow’s mares’ handicap hurdle (3.40) looks a tough little heat to solve despite there being only four runners, and the waters are muddied further by support for outsider LILYWHITE GESTURE who is now 5-1 from 9-1. Gordon Elliott’s mare doesn’t find winning easy but she should enjoy conditions and, unlike two of her rivals, has no fitness concerns.
INTREPIDLY (Kempton, 5.50) has been backed into favouritism to go in at the second time of asking, having shaped with significant promise on his Yarmouth debut. Always behind the eight-ball after a slow start that day, Jeremy Noseda’s colt stayed on nicely in the closing stages and the form of that race has taken a couple of boosts since. The booking of Ryan Moore suggests connections mean business today and Intrepidly is now best price 15-8 having been a general 3-1 chance on first show.