Apprentice Nathan Crosse shines with Navan double

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  • Saturday 29 September
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Nathan Crosse came in for plenty of praise after he notched a double at Navan on Saturday.

Crosse began by winning the Follow Navan On Twitter Nursery Handicap on the Willie McCreery-trained Nikeandnemesis, with the filly gaining a second nursery success of the year.

McCreery said: “She didn’t help him early on and he gave her a lovely ride because I told him to make sure and pull her out and give her clear light. I thought the last day she didn’t go forward in behind horses and he learned from the last day.

“I’m delighted for Nathan too because he works hard and he gave her a great ride, exactly what I asked him to do.

“It’s great for the lads – they leased her for the year and hopefully they’ll stay in her for next year now.

“There is a good nursery in Leopardstown over seven (furlongs, on October 27) and we might go for that.”

Crosse then steered the Eamonn Delany-trained Saint Irini to victory in the first division of the Racing Again October 14th Handicap.

Delany was represented by his son Alan, who said: “I’m delighted for young Nathan as that’s his first double today. He never rode for us before, so it’s great and we’ve been lucky with the apprentices.

“We’ll go to Dundalk or something like that. It’s hard to get in there, but now that she’s won, we can pick and choose a little bit better.”

Red Cadeaux’s half-sister Divine Approach showed vast improvement to win in Division Two of that handicap, coming home with four lengths in hand under jockey Leigh Roche.

The daughter of Dawn Approach had failed to place in six previous starts, three of which were in handicap company, but her stout pedigree came to the fore as she scored an effortless success over 18 rivals.

Roche said: “I think her handicap mark is out the window now!

“They went hard in front and I was able to settle in there in the middle of them, let her travel and switch off. She travelled well, they all stopped in front and I landed there on the bridle. She’s done it very easily.

“She has improved throughout the year and I wouldn’t be surprised if she stayed in training next year. We’ll see what the handicapper does now, but hopefully she might be able to pick up another one.

“You couldn’t ask for her to do anything better today. She enjoyed the race, loved the ground and trip. Everything was perfect for her.”

Johnny Murtagh notched his 30th winner of the season as the trainer’s Qatar Racing-owned Archaeology landed the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden under jockey Shane Foley.

Apprentice Nathan Crosse shines with Navan double
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