Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 10:51 15/02/2015
Barry Geraghty will be back aboard Apache Jack for the first time since a career-best finish of third in the Albert Bartlett last season, taking the reigns of the Irish seven-year-old that appears value at 11/2 for a second success at Navan in just under a month according to Freebets.com racing tipster, Alan Kelly.
The brother to one-time high-class novice hurdler Black Jack Ketchum got off the mark over fences at this venue last month, albeit aided towards a more comfortable victory when sure winner Gilt Shadow fell at the last in the Flower Hill Beginners Chase. Besides a rider change Geraghty will wear cheekpieces for the first time to improve his own comfort aboard Apache Jack for Sunday's three-mile Ten Up Novice Chase, the charge of trainer Sandra Hughes coming in at solid 11/2 value with Coral who include Faller Insurance.
Thunder And Roses also represents Hughes' stable in the six-horse Grade 2 chase on Sunday afternoon. The seven-year-old has been given slight preference over Noble Emperor after a comfortable triumph last month at Fairyhouse, while the latter steps up in class with Tony Martin after winning a beginners' chase at the same venue on New Year's Day.
Willie Mullins has won the race four times since 2007 and most recently did so just two years ago with Terminal, but today will be represented by the rapid Urano that took to the fences easily on the Bay's debut at Cork last month on heavy ground.