Updated 10:09, 11:05
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Time will tell whether FORGE MEADOW is capable of beating some very useful geldings in this afternoon’s Grade 2 feature at Naas, but a good run could set Jessica Harrington’s youngster up for a tilt at the Mares Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham next month and the 20/1 with a run for the latter event looks worth worth a nibble. A smart bumper performer last season, landing a valuable sales event at Fairyhouse on her debut before splitting the Willie Mullins-trained pair Augusta Kate and Glen’s Harmony at the Punchestown festival, she was no more than workmanlike on her jumps bow at Wexford in November. However two runs at a higher level since then – particularly her effort in the Grade 1 Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse, where she was very much in contention when broadsided by a faller two out, strongly suggest the daughter of Beneficial is well capable of making her mark at a high level in this discipline. Just a modicum of improvement from her latest runner-up finish would put her in with a chance today but even a top three finish ought to pave the way for a trip to the Cotswolds, where the likely better going should help.
Meanwhile back to today’s action BLAST OF KOEMAN and TOTAL RECALL, both of whom shaped a good deal better than the bare form suggests on their handicap debuts last time, appeal in the 2.50 and 3.20 contests respectively.
Gary's Best Bets (scale 1-5 points):
1pt each-way BLAST OF KOEMAN ( 5-1 general - use *BOG firms)
1pt each-way TOTAL RECALL ( 8-1 general - use *BOG firms)
Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Dawn Run) - Thursday of Cheltenham
1pt each-way FORGE MEADOW (20-1 bet365, Skybet - use Non-runner no bet Bookies)