Paul Townend discusses his rides at Navan this weekend
There is no jump racing in Ireland on Saturday so I have just three rides at Navan this Sunday.
I start on N’golo (12.30) in the Grade 3. He was a winner in Galway, disappointed in Kilbeggan and put up a nice performance to win in Listowel.
But it will be hard to give weight away to everything here. He is a tricky enough customer so he will need to improve.
I think Gordon Elliott’s Eskylane will be the one to beat and the two four-year-olds trained by Noel Meade and Henry de Bromhead have an age allowance that brings them into the race.
I thought Henry’s horse Annexation came home very well over course and distance when he won and you can’t rule out any of Noel’s at the moment.
The Jam Man (13.35) is a spare ride and looks a good spare. On ratings he is well treated over fences so deserves a crack at a big pot like this.
It’s as competitive as ever, which it should be for 125k. A lot have been running during the summer so it’s going to be a hard race to win.
Bective Cave (15.20) is the opposite to The Jam Man as he is going to need to run a career high to win off his mark over hurdles after a couple of disappointing runs lately.
He was very impressive when I won on him at Kilbeggan early in the summer. It’s hard to see him improving again, but he is trained by Matthew Smith whose horses are in good form, so we won’t rule him out.