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Paul Townend was the star
of the show at Navan as Irish
Stallion Farms EBF Novice
Handicap Chase Final winner
Heathfield starred in a fantas-
tic four-timer for the rider
Fresh from a hat-trick of
winners at the Cheltenham
Festival, Townend kept up the
momentum in County Meath,
excelling aboard Tony Martin-
trained 2-1 shot Heathfield in
the feature event of the after-
Katnap put up a bold effort
from the front, but Heathfield
arrived on the scene with plen-
ty in the tank approaching the
final fence and kicked clear on
Forever Gold, the 15-8
favourite, came through to fill
the runner-up spot, beaten
three and three-quarter
Martin said: "It was a weak
enough race for the pot. Two
out you d say he was in trouble,
but stamina won the day. He
loved the ground and the track.
"Paul let the others come
back to him and that made the
Townend had earlier steered
Vedettariat (11-2) to victory in
the John Lynch Carpets Kells
EBF Novice Hurdle for his boss
In a race run at a crawl,
Vedettariat raced up with the
pace and quickened up well in
the straight to score by a length
and a quarter from 11-8
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"We got things our own way
and were able to do what we
wanted," said Townend.
"The penny has dropped a
bit with him and he stayed at
The jockey gained his first
success aboard the Tom
Mullins-trained Grand Partner
(7-1) in the John Lynch Carpets
Navan Handicap Hurdle and
completed his excellent after-
noon s work on 7-1 shot
Ibetellingyoualie in the
Mullins said of Grand Part-
ner: "We need to go left-hand-
ed with him. He had two lovely
runs in Leopardstown and I
thought he had a chance in the
Pertemps (at Punchestown),
but David (Mullins, son) said
he wasn t as good right-handed
and he was proved right today.
"He had run well here before.
There probably isn t a lot left
around left-handed tracks for
him. We might go for a begin-
Call Me Pj (5-4 favourite)
delivered for favourite backers
in the John Lynch Flooring
Contractors Maiden Hurdle
under Mark Enright.
Winning trainer Oliver McK-
iernan said: "It worked out well
in the end, but I wasn t sure
during the race what would
happen with the other horse
(Utmost Zeal) being so far clear.
"He jumped well and trav-
elled well and we re happy
enough. He could head to
Fairyhouse for either a handicap
or a novice.
"He likes good ground and
will go back on the Flat during
Jessica Harrington and Barry
Geraghty combined to land the
Navan Shamrock Festival
Maiden Hurdle with 4-1 shot
"He was entitled to do that
the way he won the bumper in
Punchestown. He just doesn t
jump the greatest but he s get-
ting there," said Harrington.
"The further he went the
better he was and we ll prob-
ably go up in trip, I d say to
The bumper went to the
Sandra Hughes-trained Art Of
Security (3-1), ridden by Johnny
Hidden plans on hold
Plans for Hidden Cyclone are on hold after
the 10-year-old sustained a nasty gash on his
leg in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham.
Fears that John Hanlon's stable star had
damaged his tendon have proved unfounded
but it will be at least a week before
connections will be able to make a decision
about the horse's future.
Hopes were high that Hidden Cyclone could
run as well in the Ryanair as he did when he
was runner-up to Dynaste 12 months ago, but
he could only finish sixth behind Uxizandre in
"He got a gash on his leg. We're happy
enough after he had it scanned and the
tendon is OK which is most important," said
County Carlow-based Hanlon.
"He had a right gash on his leg when he
came back in. The vets were looking at it
down at the bottom of his tendon and we
were afraid we were in trouble, but it's OK.
"Hopefully we'll see how we are in a week or
10 days and make a plan or see where we go.
"It's the same leg he got a cut on last year. A
horse struck into him or something, I don't
know, but he's very sore at the minute.
"The tendon is OK and that's the biggest
part. We'll have to see in a week or ten days
how he is and make a decision what way we
Last season's Coral Welsh Grand National
hero Mountainous could be in action at
Newbury on Saturday.
Connections are considering the Ultima-
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over three and a quarter miles for the 10-year-
old, who was sixth to Lie Forrit in the Betfred
National Trial at Haydock on his latest start.
Mountainous holds an entry in the Crabbie's
Grand National but at this stage is looking
unlikely to make the maximum 40-strong field
for the world's greatest steeplechase at
Aintree on April 11.
He did make the cut last season but fell at
Valentine's, the ninth fence on the first circuit.
"He's probably going to go to Newbury," said
trainer Richard Lee's wife, Carol.
"We're aiming for the National but I don't
think we'll get in. We're number 74 in the list.
It's very borderline, I'd say."
The New One will bid to redeem his
reputation at Aintree next month following a
below-par display in the Stan James
Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies admitted being
disappointed by his stable star's run at
Cheltenham where he never threatened to
take a hand in the finish and was only fifth to
The Naunton handler is hoping a return to
Merseyside on April 9 for the Aintree Hurdle
over an extra half-mile, which he won last
season, will bring about an upturn in his
"We were just a little bit disappointed on
the day, but he's fine," said Twiston-Davies.
"He'll go to Aintree for the two and a half
Ventura Castle should provide a safe
anchor for the daily patent when facing
only three rivals in the Maiden Stakes
over ten furlongs of Chelmsford polytrack
which, incidentally, just isn t working!
Small fields have already become the
norm at this re-opened all-weather venue,
formerly Great Leighs before lack of facil-
ities, and resources, resulted in inevitable
closure; there still isn t a grandstand!
Given proximity to the biggest training
centre in the world, Newmarket, it s
extremely disappointing to witness such
lack of patronage but we have to ask, why?
Crowd numbers shouldn t influence
trainers, even though there has been a
deal of criticism about the surface; what s
Jockeys/trainers are always knocking
AWR tracks, fibresand, equitrack, poly-
track, tapeta, you name it some will com-
plain habitually but it s a lot better than
inconsistent turf, bedevilled and ruined
by constant watering, look at the state of
This popular, left-handed east-coastal
track has been dug up due to rutting and
ridging caused by over-zealous watering
operations over a period of more than
thirty years; there are fears of no-racing
this year despite reassurances from owners
We know, we ve been over there!
All-weather racing was initiated to facil-
itate turnover during winter months but
it has quadrupled these last ten years and
there simply aren t enough thoroughbreds
to satisfactorily fill programmes; recently
plans were lodged for ANOTHER AWR
course at Newcastle, turned down last
We ll continue to specialise but there
are problems, for instance field sizes need
to be reduced at Kempton, fourteen is too
many, which would provide punter con-
fidence; ten should be the maximum.
As for the jumps it s nigh on a no-go
area given the inaccuracy of race-times
last week at Cheltenham, the greatest
stage of all.
Fortunately we spotted discrepancies
but can t check every meeting, every-
Betting-wise this is a bad day for serious
punters, be patient!
Anchor with Castle
Townend stars with four-timer at Navan
9-25--- 10.30 am
34-6--- 1 pm
18-26 --- 6.30 pm
TODAY'S PICK TWO
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSON MAN 1
15 SICK WOMAN 2
18 WATER BOAT 1
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 1 2 3
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSON WIFE
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to March 14
8 (TIGER) 6.30 pm
29 (Opium Man)---10.30 am
16 (Jamette)---1 pm
18 (Water Boat)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
22 (RAT) 1 pm
21 (MOUTH) 10.30 am
11.30 Ventura Castle
12.00 India's Song
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