Harrington registers double

A round-up of the rest of the action from Navan on Saturday as Jessica Harrington completed an early double on the card.

Jessica Harrington won the first two races at Navan

Barry Geraghty, Jessica Harrington and owner JP McManus landed Navan double after victories for Thirsty Work (7/4 favourite) in the 2017 Navan Membership Rated Novice Hurdle and Jezki in the Race Displays Event Signage Hurdle.

Harrington said of the former: "He'll make a smashing chaser, and will get further, which is great.

"There is a novice-rated hurdle up to 130 coming up, which would be ideal for him.

"We'll take little steps for the moment. The three-mile novice handicap later on at Fairyhouse could be a race for him."

Ruby Walsh stayed at home following the abandonment of Ascot and replaced Paul Townend aboard likeable five-year-old C'est Jersey.

The well-backed 15/8 favourite, trained by Willie Mullins, took the two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle in the familiar colours of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede.

Mullins said: "He's still got a bit to learn about his jumping. It's slow improvement but is improving.

"That was two and a half miles and he could even go out to three (miles), which might be easier for him.

"He shows us plenty at home and maybe he's a horse that wants fences.

"He will get an Albert Bartlett entry but we'll have a chat with the owners before we make any decision."

Acapella Bourgeois (2/1) opened his account over fences when making all the running in the Flower Hill Beginners Chase.

Sandra Hughes' seven-year-old responded gamely for Roger Loughran to beat the odds-on Arbre De Vie by four and three-quarter lengths.

"He was very good and probably just idled a bit in front," said Hughes.

"His jumping was very good, and more testing ground and going a bit further will suit him.

"Unless Cheltenham came up soft we would be giving it a miss.

"He might go for the two-mile five Scalp Novice Chase in Leopardstown next month, and we'll hope it keeps pouring rain between now and then."

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