Author: Tony MacDonald
Published: 09:58 16/02/2014
After narrowly missing out at Down Royal, Court Jester can score in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle at 4.20 Navan today.
Heading the betting for the 2 mile test is 3/1 chance Spacious Sky who won over this track and trip in November and was in the final shake-up when last seen over an extra 2f at Leopardstown on Boxing Day. Westerners Sun (4/1 Coral & Skybet) looks more of a danger though, having won well at Punchestown before finishing finished second to the progressive Getoutwhileyoucan at Thurles last month.
However, Court Jester has been running with credit of late and has crept up the weights despite failing to get a head in front, so is the one worth backing at the stand out price of 5/1 with Bet365, Sportingbet and 888Sport, while other firms are as short as 4/1. After good efforts over 2m at Fairyhouse and Down Royal, the eight-year-old gelding was last seen being pipped at the post by Gold Not Silver over 2m4f at Down Royal and a drop back to 2m is likely to suit today. The selection acted well on heavy ground last time and his last success was over today's distance in the mud at Down Royal, suggesting a big run can be expected.
Court Jester is piloted by talented jockey Jody McGarvey today and can gain a deserved success for his recent endevours.
Court Jester - 5/1 (Bet365, Sportingbet, 888Sport)