Ray Flanagan with four selections from our midweek racing at Navan and Nottingham.
Navan 4.55- Monolight
A typical competitive handicap often staged at Proudstown Park. Monolight needs to hold his position better during the race but connections try a visor today and he is also quite well berthed in stall 8. The son of Iffraaj was caught out very wide over the course and distance a few weeks ago and despite seemingly facing a hopeless task when swinging into the home straight he stayed on in resolute manner to finish a never nearer fourth behind Ningxai. His lack of tactical pace will always be a concern but the galloping stiff track will suit him and he has the credentials to be involved.
Navan 5.25-Jer’s Girl
Gavin Cromwell (pictured) is a trainer I know very little about, but he has trained some good horses including the likes of Sretaw , and I am hoping his representative Jer’s Girl can finish the day on a winning note.This daughter of Jeremy has not raced since May, but the form of her second in a Sligo maiden looks head and shoulders above the form of anything else in the race. In a heavy ground maiden she posted a highly satisfactory effort finishing second to Xebec with Torcedor just back in third. The first and particularly the third have gone on to distinguish themselves as smart handicappers subsequently and provided she is close to full fitness she should hold decent claims here.
Nottingham 4,10- Just Be Lucky
A cast-off from Jim Bolger, Just Be Lucky has been with Ivan Furtado only six days but begins racing in the UK off what could be a fair mark of 73. He kept decent company on occasion in Ireland including a third placed finish behind In My Pocket and Cenotaph in a Navan maiden. His trainer reportedly does well with his acquisitions and while he may not have had the horse long enough to get to know him yet, this is a winnable race.
Nottingham 4.45- Green Light
Green Light has been knocking on the door in stronger company all year. He should appreciate the soft ground and slight drop in grade today.
1 pt ew- Monolight-4.45- Navan-8-1 General
1.5 pts ew Jer’s Girl-5.25 Navan-5-1 Ladbrokes
1 pt win-Just Be Lucky-4.10 Nottingham-7-1 General
1 pt win Green Light-4.45 Nottingham-5-2 General