Tony Keenan

Irish racing returns to Navan on Saturday and Tony Keenan has two advised bets - now online.

Updated 9.38 - all selections online.

Voix Des Tiep finished ahead of TEN TEN when the pair met at Naas last month but the Willie Mullins runner hasn’t won as many races as he should have and it could be worth backing the JP McManus horse to reverse form in the John Lynch Carpets Beginners Chase (Navan, 1:35).

Philip Dempsey’s six-year-old shaped better than the result at Naas, moving onto the heels of the leaders before the straight, travelling well two out and looking set to play a hand in the finish before pecking badly at the second last. That ended his winning chance but he stayed on well under a considerate ride.

He hasn’t been the easiest to train but the sole time in his career he put two runs back-to-back, he posted a much-improved effort on the second of those runs, landing his sole win at Down Royal and finds himself in the same spot now.

Canardier, who goes well fresh, is a danger on chase debut but at the prices Ten Ten looks the bet.  

McManus has a strong team in the bizarrely located Foxrock Handicap Chase at Navan (2:45) and it would be no surprise if the likes of Everlastingpromise and especially Glenloe were ahead of their marks. Both are already quite short however and the value may line with a second-season chaser who competed against good novices last season.

WHISPERINTHEBREEZE put up a career best to win a similar race to this at the Dublin Racing Festival in February, form that worked out with the likes of Cadmium and Cubomania in behind winning afterwards, and ran in some less than ideal races afterwards over trips that stretch him.

He did shape well for a long way in the Irish National under what sectional times say was an overly-aggressive ride from the front and seems to have returned this season in good form, typically jumping well when third at Punchestown on ground that would be on the slow side for him, officially soft but Timeform giving it as heavy.

He could do with the rain staying away but looking at the forecasts that seems likely and he can go well from the front. 

Tony Keenan’s next tipping column will be on Sunday, December 8th


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