Navan Novice Hurdle Day
The last Irish Graded race before Christmas, the Navan Novice Hurdle, known as BetVictor Make Your Best Bet Novice Hurdle for sponsorship reasons this year has returned to Closutton more times than not in the past decade.
Willie Mullins has taken the Grade 2 prize six times since 2011, with horses such as Boston Bob, Briar Hill, and most recently, with Easy Game in 2018.
The spoils last year went to Paul Nolan's Latest Exhibition who went on to just be beaten in the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
As well as the feature race over 2m4f, there is a decent supporting card at the County Meath venue.
11:30 - Navanracecourse.ie Rated Novice Chase (4YO plus) 2m 4f
12:00 - Happy Christmas And New Year To All Our Members Handicap Chase (0-109) (4YO plus) 2m 4f
12:30 - Irish Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle (4YO plus) 2m
13:00 - Mervyn Gray Construction Maiden Hurdle (4YO plus) 2m 4f
13:35 - BetVictor Make Your Best Bet Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) (Class 1) (4YO plus) 2m 4f
14:10 - Betvictor Gamble Responsibly Tara Handicap Hurdle (grade B) (4YO plus) 2m 4f
14:45 - Simonstown Handicap Hurdle (80-95) (4YO plus) 2m 4f
15:20 - Betvictor Flash Cashback 'future Champions' Flat Race (listed) (Class 1) (4YO to 7YO) 2m
About Navan Racecourse
Widely considered to be one of the fairest national hunt tracks in Ireland, Navan is home to a plethora of Grade 2 contests, with many acting as ideal stepping stones to the very top echelons of the sport.
It’s a similar picture on the flat, with the Group 3 Vintage Crop Stakes often seeing potential Ascot Gold Cup horses test their staying power, with the likes of four-time Gold Cup winner Yeats and Fame and Glory both landing the race on more than one occasion.