Navan Sunday – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

Well, it’s been an interesting week as the news came out that I’m participating in RTE’s Dancing With The Stars when the show gets going in January writes DAVY RUSSELL.

It seemed like such a great idea at the time, but less so after a week of rehearsals.

The training is intense. Four hours a day in Dublin which is a two and a half hour journey from home – I didn’t think that one through.

I’m no dancer and feel like a complete eejit.

It’s like turning up at riding school the first day having never sat on a pony before. There is a long journey ahead.

My dance partners is as fit as a flea and doesn’t put a foot wrong. I’m not sure I’ve put one right yet!

Anyway, the kids are loving it and just can’t wait for Dad to make a fool of himself on TV!

I’ve not had time to practice at home yet… Edelle will have to step up to the mark. That should be more entertainment for the kids.


Anyway, there some good racing to look forward to in Cork on Sunday…

12.15pm Bar One Racing “Bet 10 Euros Get 50 Euros Sign Up Offer” 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle 2m 1f

Jack (Kennedy) rides Harsh for Joseph O’Brien and Gigginstown on the back of a good run in Punchestown the last day. Jockey bookings suggest he’s the one to beat. Jordan (Gainsford) steps in for the ride on Edelle Logan’s nice filly Timeless Piece


. She’s progressing nicely and it would be silly to dismiss her too readily.

12.45pm Bar One Racing “Guaranteed Multiples All Shops” Maiden Hurdle 2m 1f

I’m interested to see how No Time To Wait


gets on here. He was the lad that I rode in the Champion Bumper in Cheltenham last year. He was a big raw horse then and has grown up plenty. He made a fair enough start over hurdles in Gowran last month and is entitled to step up a fair bit on that.

1.15pm Singletons Supervalu Stayers Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) 3m

While we are on the Cheltenham Festival theme of last season, Search For Glory was the lad I rode in the Albert Bartlett. He won as he should in Galway back in October but didn’t build on that in Navan last month. Gordon reaches for both pieces and a tongue here that may see him take a step forward. That said, he will need to in this grade. Mahon’s Way has done nothing wrong and looked good in Naas. However, I like Solitary Man


here who could be a bit of value for an in-form Edna Bolger team.

1.45pm O’Flynn Group Irish EBF Mares Novice Chase (Grade 2) 2m 1/2f

All eyes will be on Zenta who makes her eagerly awaiting chasing debut here. She was a good third in the Triumph last year and went on to win her Grade One in Aintree. She brings the best from to the table and added to that gets a lovely 6lbs allowance for her age too. That will make her hard to beat, but she will have to bring her A Game on her first day at school. Harmonya Maker


was really impressive when beating Brandy Love in Gowran and has the benefit of a run under her belt.

2.15pm Bar One Racing Hilly Way Chase (Grade 2) 2m 1/2f

On paper this should be a relatively straightforward assignment for El Fabiolo (pictured below)


who is top of the two mile chasing division at the moment. On ratings he’s a fair bit clear of the best of these and should be too good. Gordon saddles Fil Dor who has had the benefit of a run and will relish the ground. He will be there to pick up any pieces if there are any to pick up.

Good Luck




Author: Eugene Morris