12:00 Navan

IMPAIRE ET PASSE is a French import who is likely to have a big future with Willie Mullins. He won his sole race on the Flat in France by six lengths in March. The fact he holds a Grade 1 novice hurdle entry for Leopardstown at Christmas looks particularly telling. Firm Footings is a former Galway bumper winner who finished second on his hurdling debut over further at this track last month. He was a long way behind the winner, but that horse is now a leading fancy for the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival. True Artist showed much more when fourth at Cork in November and can build upon that. Cadatharla was a never-nearer seventh in a big field at Naas. Winners have come out of that race, so he can get closer. Battle It Out wasn't cheap at the sales, while Star Harbour was useful on the Flat.
Prediction : 1st Impaire Et Passe 2nd Firm Footings 3rd True Artist

12:30 Navan

KLARC KENT looked a real galloper when forging on to win a Clonmel bumper in March and it is no surprise to see him upped in trip for his hurdling debut. He was a clear-cut winner and the horses in second and third have both franked the form in maiden hurdle company. Gordon Elliott's Search For Glory is race-fit after taking a Fairyhouse bumper on track debut. He is a major contender, with the step up in trip sure to suit this former point-to-point winner. Haxo didn't feature in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham, but could certainly be effective back in a maiden. Tag Man's fourth at Naas entitles him to be in the mix for prize money. Elliott takes the wraps off So Des Flos, who is related to several multiple winners.
Prediction : 1st Klarc Kent 2nd Search For Glory 3rd Haxo

13:02 Navan

DUNBOYNE was a decisive winner of a valuable handicap chase over a similar trip at Gowran Park last month and looks ready for a crack at this company. He came in by 10 lengths, which earned him a 10lb hike from the handicapper, but he could be a factor for Gordon Elliott in good handicap chases. Hallowed Star didn't jump fluently in a Grade 2 novice chase at Punchestown and paid the price when he fell four out. He has a sizeable engine and if he puts it all together, would take plenty of beating on handicap debut. Spyglass Hill has been in with more than decent horses and should have a say in this Grade B handicap chase. Dunboyne's stablemate Indigo Breeze is another handicap debutant who could get involved after placed efforts at Gowran Park and Cheltenham. Railway Hurricane is not the strongest finisher, but he has ability and a 7lb claimer on board has him on a lovely light weight. Take All is far from out of it.
Prediction : 1st Dunboyne 2nd Hallowed Star 3rd Spyglass Hill

13:36 Navan

HOLLOW GAMES was impressive in a beginners' chase over C&D and can take the next step on the ladder. He came in by a comfortable four lengths and looked tailor-made for the chasing game. He won at Grade 3 level over hurdles, in addition to finishing third at the highest level on a couple of occasions. It isn't hard to see him improving upon that record in this sphere. He holds a clutch of Grade 1 entries over Christmas. Sea Ducor reached a mark of 134 over hurdles. He faced a tough task on chasing debut in a different beginners' chase over C&D last month and again looks up against it, but could be best of the rest. Francin returned from a long absence in October. He was a talented hurdler when formerly with Willie Mullins.
Prediction : 1st Hollow Games 2nd Sea Ducor 3rd Francin

14:11 Navan

FLAME BEARER is interesting on his first outing for Willie Mullins. The Fame And Glory gelding was very smart for Pat Doyle over timber last season, winning twice at Grade 2 level and finishing runner-up in top company at Punchestown. Having come from the point-to-point field, chasing was always likely to be his long-term aim and he is an exciting prospect now over fences. Mullins also saddles a talented sort in Ramillies, who was a bit short of top-class over hurdles but still showed a decent level. The Gordon Elliott-trained Mars Harper has already been placed twice over fences and that experience is a big asset. He has bumped into two easy winners in Mighty Potter and Midnight Run on his recent outings and a repeat of those runs will see him get involved at the business end.
Prediction : 1st Flame Bearer 2nd Mars Harper 3rd Ramillies

14:46 Navan

JUNGLE PROSE goes from strength to strength and is hard to oppose, despite another 12lb hike for a cosy success here just under two weeks ago. The Yeats gelding has found significant improvement since joining Gordon Elliott and looks well suited by a test of stamina. It was a fairly straightforward success here last time and he can continue his winning run. Classy dual-purpose performer Run For Oscar heads the weights and has to be respected. He was staying on well when third on his return to hurdling at Haydock three weeks ago and the stiff test of stamina here should also suit. Grand National runner-up Any Second Now is nicely treated over hurdles and it will be interesting to see how he fares on his return.
Prediction : 1st Jungle Prose 2nd Run For Oscar 3rd Any Second Now

15:21 Navan

This bumper has been won by some decent sorts in recent years and FACT TO FILE is interesting on his 'track' debut for Willie Mullins. The Poliglote gelding was very impressive on his sole point-to-point start, winning eased down by six lengths at Belharbour in February. He was snapped up by JP McManus subsequently and connections will be keen to make a good start. Firefox was an eyecatcher on his debut over hurdles here last month. He stayed on nicely to finish fourth, having had plenty to do turning for home, and it's interesting that Gordon Elliott tries him in a bumper now. The Paul Nolan-trained Givehimthehonour is another to note in the market. The Workforce gelding won his point-to-point at Castlelands in March and cost 75,000 pounds at the sales subsequently.
Prediction : 1st Fact To File 2nd Firefox 3rd Givehimthehonour