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Saturday 1 August 2015

Go for Jessica's girl

By Jimmy Walker

Published 24/11/2007 | 10:37

Jessica Harrington's stable is in tremendous form this season and she should have a say in the Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan tomorrow where Gazza's Girl looks the part.

This former decent hurdler was a winner last time out at Clonmel when staying on well to beat Emma Jane by half a length in the Morris Memorial Mares Chase, a Listed race.

Gazza's Girl was ridden then by Barry Geraghty and will also have the mount tomorrow.

She was third six from home last time, but made ground rapidly to challenge two out to stay on well from the final fence.

This race was over two miles four furlongs and the extra four furlongs of tomorrow's race should be up her street.

The Troytown Chase always takes a lot of winning and there has been some very good horses who have done the job.

Going back 30 years, we can remember Skymas who was an all-Ulster success when ridden by Sammy Shields and in more recent years, the Troytown winner has gone on to give a good account of himself at the Cheltenham Festival.

Mrs Harrington also has Mercuric in the line up and this one won't be far away ridden by Tom Treacy.

Trainer Arthur Moore for a long time had a stranglehold on this race and he runs Well Tutored .

What can you say about Noel Meade who seems to win everywhere he runs and he is not entirely out of it with Mac Three.

In addition, Charlie Swan runs the consistent Teaming Rain while George Stewart will be hopeful off News Item who has twice won the Ulster National at Downpatrick.

All told, it looks like being a tough contest to sort out and others in with a chance are Father Matt another from the Noel Meade stable and Chelsea Harbour who is trained by Tom Mullins and will be ridden by leading jockey Davy Russell.

In the hope that Gazza's Girl has improved from the run at Clonmel, I give her the vote but we could see a tight finish coming up that final Navan hill.

Brian Hamilton has had success at Navan with Mister Lucky who goes back again for the William Hill Casino Handicap Hurdle.

On his most recent outing, Mister Lucky dead-heated for second place at the Down Royal Festival and was a bit unlucky not to have won.

Mister Lucky is a horse who likes to be held up as Paul Carberry showed on his last win and if that's the case tomorrow, he won't be far away.

The Noel Meade bandwagon should continue to roll with Right Or Wrong in the Cusack Hotel Group Three-Year Old Maiden Hurdle and Meade may also have the best bet of the meeting in Antipode who has won his only race this season and was withdrawn at the last Navan meeting because the ground was too fast.

Antipode runs in the Bank of Ireland Monksfield Novice Hurdle, a Grade Three race in which Colm Murphy's Clew Bay looks the main danger.

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