Jumps meetings take up the majority of Sunday's racing, but Navan is destination for the flat meeting.
With a big field sprint handicap you'd be wanting decent sized odds, but ART OF UNITY doesn't really give you the option of playing it each way.
This previous course and distance winner looks to have a very nice chance of following up on his recent success at the track from 15 days ago. His recent win was very impressive, though he was racing off a 11lb lower rating than what he races off today, he did it nicely, winning by 3 lengths. That was on seasonal reappearance, and he won at odds of 16/1, so they must've been pleasantly surprised that he won, as the stable must've thought he would come on for the run. With a run under his belt, and if he reproduces a run like he did last time, he'll be tough to beat.
The ground will probably be yielding or good-to-yielding at the time of racing, which is perfectly fine ground for Art Of Unity who seems to handle all types of ground. Off a mark of 63 he is still on a winning mark, as he has previously won off 67 twice, and has gone close off marks in the low 70s and high 60s.
In a big field handicap, especially in Ireland where they are strongly competitive, he might need luck in running, but if he sits close to the pace, or decides to make all like last time then that should make his life much easier.
ADELISA must be the one to beat in the penultimate race at Navan. Her form is head and shoulders above the rest, and it would be very surprising if she doesn't back up her recent efforts and breaks her maiden tag at the third time of asking.
The form of her recent race, where she finished second, is extremely strong form. The winner has since won a decent sized pot handicap at the Curragh, and she produced an RPR of 101. Pale Iris, who finished third, has since won twice, and is now 98 rated.
Adelisa will be tackling a new trip, which is 2f more than what she has previously faced, but that shouldn't pose any issues. She was staying on strongly last time over a mile, and her pedigree suggests that a step up in trip will be a benefit, being out of an unraced Saddler's Wells mare who has produced winners over 10f. As for the ground, that shouldn't pose any problems as she seemed to handle the soft ground at Gowran Park, and once again her pedigree gives me confidence that if it does dry up a lot then she will handle it.
Though this race is full of lightly raced or unraced horses, it doesn't look to be filled with a lot of talent.
12:00 Leicester - Race: 1
12:30 Leicester - Race: 2
12:40 Listowel - Race: 1