Market leaders Noivado and Elusive Beauty set a fair standard having mixed it against useful company so far this season, but LITTLE CLARINET (best price 8-1) showed enough quality last time out to suggest she could turn out to be a dangerous floater. Promising on debut at Leopardstown, David Marnane’s inmate found the necessary improvement to get off the mark at the second time of asking at Navan and considering she accomplished that feat from the coffin box draw in stall 16 of 16, the performance deserves to be significantly upgraded. Clearly at home on soft ground over a stiff 6f, the daughter of Requinto makes plenty of each-way appeal at her early morning quotes.
DOCTOR GEOFF (best price 15-8) exhibited enough natural talent on debut over today’s course to suggest a similar race should well be within his compass and he’s strongly fancied to vindicate that impression returning to the scene of that promising performance. Staying strongly from an unpromising position at halfway, Ger Lyon’s inmate left the impression he’d be much better served by further in time and given that he did most of that good late work while swimming against the tide on the un-favoured far side rail, the combination of those two factors make him an irresistible bet under today’s conditions.
CHARLIE BEAR (NAP) (best price 5-2) posted a big number when scoring over tonight’s course last time out and this progressive sort looks well worth keeping on side on the evidence of that striking performance. Coming from some way off what was a very strong pace, Jamie Osbourne’s charge overhauled the front running Charlies Mate in the last furlong with a nice turn of foot and that combination of stamina and a nice change of gear should hopefully turn out to be the determining factor once again for the son of Myboycharlie.