Sutton should put his rivals in their Place at Navan
JP McManus's Sutton Place sidesteps an unnecessary confrontation with the same owner's Jezki at Gowran today and heads the nine-strong field for tomorrow's Grade Two Boyne Hurdle at Navan.
Gordon Elliott's novice was impressive at Naas when trouncing Supasundae and Ttebbob three weeks ago.
The handicapper gave Sutton Place an 18lb hike to leave him on a mark of 158 and he'll start short enough here to extend his unbeaten sequence over flights, although Jessica Harrington doesn't shirk a challenge and saddles both her second and third from the Naas encounter to take him on again.
On figures, stablemate De Plotting Shed might be regarded as some sort of threat to Sutton Place and Elliott also runs Dedigout and Taglietelle.
Renneti's Navan second to Jezki puts him in with a life too. Take the favourite out and it is a wide-open contest.
There's a big temptation to oppose Identity Thief with the other Gigginstown runner Ball D'Arc in the four-runner Grade Three Flyingbolt Novice Chase. The Henry de Bromhead chaser has disappointed on his last two outings and is becoming a bit expensive.
Ball D'Arc's handicap experience paid off at Fairyhouse last month with an easy success that was punished with a 9lb rise. He still gets a handy 9lb from the penalised Identity Thief and the adjusted marks have him 1lb ahead of the favourite.
He'll do for me and I don't see Fairyhouse winner Ballyoisin coping with him at levels while Tully East has 7lb to find.
The Ten Up Novice Chase has Grade Two status but the same money on offer as the Grade Three. It has drawn a good line-up, dominated by Anibale Fly, Tony Martin-trained for McManus.
Ruby Walsh rides Haymount in preference over Bellow Mome while Derek O'Connor rides McManus's other runner Edwulf, no doubt with Cheltenham in mind.
Even though he has to concede weight to all, Anibale Fly and Barry Geraghty are the combination to beat in what will be a severe stamina test.
Jetstream Jack ran well enough in the Thyestes but had tried enough well before falling at the last. He has plenty of handicap experience and Davy Russell rides, as usual. He's an attractive enough alternative to Anibale Fly.
Broken Soul should justify short odds over Miss Mardan and Not A Whisper in what doesn't appear to be a very strong opening maiden hurdle.
Anibale Fly's half-brother Boubafly may be of interest in the bumper but Impact Factor over Stir The Pot might be a more logical outcome.
The weaker of the two handicap hurdles could provide an opportunity for Snugsborough Hall to redeem some promise over Cryhelp and Peculiar Genius.
Selections: Neville Ring
2.10 Broken Soul
2.40 Ball D'Arc (Dbl)
3.10 Sutton Place
3.40 Nicole's Milan
4.10 Anibale Fly
4.40 Snugsborough Hall (Nap)
5.10 Impact Factor
Selections: Next Best
2.10 Miss Mardan
2.40 Identity Thief
4.10 Jetstream Jack
5.10 Stir The Pot