Your 4 best Saturday bets at Navan & Wexford

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Kurt Russell played the hero alongside Halle Berry in the 1996 action movie EXECUTIVE DECISION and hopefully Shane Foley and Jessica Harrington can fly to Navan and play those roles with the win in the opener on Saturday. Ardad’s daughter was not dishonored on her debut when she finished on the pitch in Cork behind Easy, well supported by Andrew Slattery, with Arinniti looking to be her biggest danger in this 5 furlong stretched maiden.

The form of this race in Cork then improved with wins for Queen Of Ours and Sioux Spirit and a natural improvement can see her challenge in what looks to be a winnable race. National Emblem with a similar profile to this horse managed to break its young daughter at Gowran this week, so hopefully it’s another quick winner for Harrington’s team. Arinniti’s second form at Naas in June did not work out but she remains a serious contender now being coached by Paddy Twomey.

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DONTSPOILASALE has improved steadily this season for Natalia Lupini and can still progress to land that Premier Nursery under Billy Lee. Kuroshio’s son did well at Naas last month and can challenge here despite an improved 84 mark. His sixth-place finish at the Curragh in June stands out with a host of subsequent winners from this young girl – Victoria Road, Wave Machine, Indestructible , Spirit Genie and National Emblem all recent winners.

Billy Lee was in the saddle on this occasion and is again booked with the jockey fighting for every winner in his fight with Colin Keane for the jockeys title this season. Elsewhere, Tiger Paw and Silmaniya reunite after a clash in Cork last month with runner Aidan O’Brien quickly eliminated after the loss to Treasure Trove in the Round Tower last weekend. I would like the Murtagh runner to change form here, but eventually I will have to play the second of my selection Lupini.

There was a lot to love about the outstanding victory of MAGIC ZOE (NAP) in Cork in May and it was nice to see coach Barry Fitzgerald making a good profit from his sale to Goffs in April. Henry De Bromhead is her new manager, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see her go undefeated by winning her hurling debut. She showed a lot of equipment and quality on her debut and with some stamina in her pedigree she can be a great novice hurdler this season.

Light Fury could pose the biggest danger after finishing third twice in three hurdle starts. She can move forward from her last start with cheekbones now adjusted for the first time by trainer Padraig Roche. Elsewhere, Lenebane can also improve for Ross O’Sullivan with Mr. Sundancer and other abstracts with chances both ways. However, Magical Zoe seems to be the one with the most potential and seems like the best bet for me between the two Irish cards this Saturday.

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A drop in slope and distance as well as the introduction of blinkers for the first time can see SABLONNE landing that 5f handicap for Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley. The daughter of Dark Angel raced forward and ran well finishing seventh, beaten only nearly 3 lengths behind Perfect News in the Ballyogan Stakes at Naas and that effort may see her come closer now in handicap company.

Tactics similar to her handicap win at Naas (rated 90 on this occasion) in June may see her dominate from the front, with the help of blinders and a drop in travel that seems ideal. She ticks a lot of boxes and can take over King Of Bavaria who is coming back quickly for Aidan O’Brien. Seamie Heffernan’s mount is set to improve for her second-place finish in Cork, but despite her 6-pound top rating, she could struggle on this trip, with her best form also coming on softer ground.

James Shortt’s Irish Saturday Tricks

1:20 p.m. Navan – Executive Decision
13:55 Navan – Dontspoilasale (NB)
2:10 p.m. Wexford – Magical Zoe (NAP)
3:05 p.m. Navan – Sablonne

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