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Sunday’s Racing Tip: 11/2 Pencilhimin stunning value at Navan


Tipster Lewis Jones is eyeing up a 11/2 at Navan as he goes in search of yet more winners for this column…..

Unfortunately for British based National Hunt followers, there are no meetings in the UK for punters to get stuck into after Kelso’s fixture was cancelled due to a frozen track.

Clerk of the course Hazel Peplinski tweeted: “So disappointing to call meeting off but still -3C and freezing fog here.”

That leaves racing from Navan in Ireland as the sole focus for the day and we may get to see a potential Cheltenham Festival strutting his stuff in the €20,000 Follow Navan On Facebook Hurdle (1:10) over two miles.

Un De Sceaux continues his preparation for what connections hope will be a Champion Hurdle bid when he takes on three rivals.

The 14/1 shot for the hurdling feature at the festival should hose up today but can’t be recommended by us at 1/6. We have our eyes on a tasty 11/2 shot, who runs in the Meath Handicap Hurdle at 2:10.

Targeting a 24 runner handicap hurdle wouldn’t usually be the first port of call for a confident selection but despite the gigantic field there only looks a select few that can harbour realistic claims of landing a blow; Pencilhimin is one of those and at the prices looks a fantastic wager.

Norman Cassidy’s nine-year-old was last seen running a very encouraging race over three miles, where he finished a solid second off 2lbs lower than today’s mark.

He was given a very flashy ride that day as he was 10 lengths in front at halfway as his rider tried to nick the race from the front.

It was a tactic that nearly paid off as he was only collared in the final 100 yards when his stamina ran out on heavy ground.

The step back in trip to 2m4f is certainly in his favour on this type of ground and he brings winning form to the table from his win at Limerick in a maiden hurdle, something that only his market rival Gallant Oscar can boast.

The 11/4 shot has been priced up as favourite mainly because of hailing from the powerful Tony Martin yard and we feel his most recent run over hurdles suggested that he doesn’t possess the finishing kick required to see off the selection, who should take things on from the front once again under Robbie Power.

Get on with a two point win stake.

Profit and Loss Record Staked: 163pts Returned: 197.51pts P/L: +34.51pts     

(Cheltenham ante post book: 2pts West Wizard in Supreme Novices Hurdle 8/1 & 1pts EW Harry Topper in Gold Cup 50/1)

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