Friday , October 22 2021

A long shot worth a play at Navan

Just the one race from Navan today and I’m hoping that my namesake can train the winner of the Navan 2-55 race.

Veteran trainer JJ Walsh to strike at Navan

An ultimate competitive handicap hurdle, effectively a 80-116, worth a miserable €7,700 to the winner.
There is a good mix of horse ability on display. Three very interesting handicap debutantes and some more exposed hardened handicappers.
BRODER, trained in Doneraile, Co.Cork by 80 something year old John Joe Walsh. This gelded son of Brian Boru holds outstanding claims on all known previous form. The stable had a very quiet 2018 however, an unlucky loser over Christmas and a winner in January plus a few placed horses in the opening couple of months of the year, indicate a positive sign in the stable’s well being.
The horse itself has been described by his trainer as one ”who took a bit of time to mature”. A dual handicap hurdles winner over 2 miles (OR 91), and 2 miles 4 furlongs(OR 96), respectively.
The latter victory off a mark of 96 was very impressive in a race very similar to this 80-116. He ran out an impressive winner that day at Thurles in November 2017, interestingly the third horse on that day, Off You Go, now rated 150+.
Travelled extremely well that day showing an impressive turn of foot, winning by a going away 8 lengths at the finish.
Off the track for 320 days subsequently before returning to the track at Galway in October 2018. Finishing 7th/11 runners that day, off 108, over an inadequate 2 mile trip.
7th/12 runners at Cork over 2 miles 3 furlongs in October 2018 where a slowly run affair did not suit, staying on strongly at the finish off a mark of 108.
Again 7th/17 runners at Cork over an inadequate trip of 2 miles in November 2018, where squeezed for room 3 out and finished in his own time, off 107.
Although both wins were on rain softened ground,Walsh has indicated in the past as being one who is ”probably best on better ground”. Showed much more gusto on his most recent outing at Punchestown on New Year’s day, over 2miles 4 furlongs, when finishing a running on strongly 5th/13 runners beaten 5 and 3/4 lengths by easy victor Blast of Koeman, off a mark of 106 with some half decent horses filling the placings berths including young progressive horses, Jake Peter and Stooshie, also Brave Out, whose recent decent effort ties in with some collateral form of current second favourite Hero’s Welcome. 
The handicapper has left him on the same mark of 106, however a decent conditional called Ambrose McCurtin takes a valuable 3 pounds here thus reducing the burden to a mark of 103, just 6lb above its last impressive winning mark.
An end-to end gallop looks almost guaranteed with confirmed front runners Robin On The Hill and Let The Heirs Walk in the line up.
A very good opportunity for this lightly raced 7 year old to show what he can do racing over his preferred trip of 2 miles 4 furlongs and if this strong traveller is ”ready to fire” he may just surprise a few at a rewarding double-digit early show price.
Recommended Stakes:
0.5pt win Broder @ 11-1 (General)

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