A total of 33 horses have stood their ground for the Ladbrokes
Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan on Sunday. Among them are leading ante-post
fancies Acapella Bourgeois, A Genie In Abottle and Hurricane Darwin.
Gordon Elliott dominated at the meeting last year and was
responsible for six of the seven winners, including the Bryan Cooper-ridden
Empire Of Dirt in the €100,000 feature. He had previously won the race with
Balbriggan in 2014 and with Riverside City in 2015.
He has eight going forward including his Guinness Kerry
National winner Potters Point, the BoyleSports Irish Grand National fifth
General Principle, and Mala Beach, runner-up to A Genie In Abottle on his first
start in 19 months at Galway recently.
Noel Meade won this race 20 years ago with Heist and the
Gigginstown House Stud-owned A Genie In Abottle heads the weights. He could be
joined in the race by stable companions Bonny Kate, third in the race last
year, and Wounded Warrior.
Acapella Bourgeois, the runaway winner of the Grade 2 Ten Up
Novice Chase here in February heads Willie Mullins’ five remaining entries. Logical
Song went up 12lbs for his win in the Paddy Power Cork Grand National Handicap
Chase and could yet represent Mags Mullins while Alan Fleming has long had the Ladbrokes
Troytown Handicap Chase in mind for Hurricane Darwin which has also stood his
Featuring on a strong supporting card at Navan on Sunday is
the Grade 3 Monksfield Novice Hurdle which has attracted 14 entries headed by
the exciting Samcro, trained by Gordon Elliott. Elliott holds a strong hand in
the €42,500 event and has also entered his impressive Cork winner Cracking
Smart while the mares Good Thyne Tara and Half The Odds could yet carry the
hopes of Willie Mullins and Noel Meade respectively.
The Listed Coolmore N.H. Sires Irish EBF Mares Flat Race has
an initial entry of 16 horses headed by Moonlight Escape and Lady
Ischia while the Grade B Proudstown Handicap Hurdle of €50,000 boasts an entry
of 18, headed by Elliott’s Glenloe and the Paul Nolan-trained Mon Lino.
Peter Killeen, Manager of Navan Racecourse, said, “Our
flagship day is living up to our expectations with the feature Ladbrokes
Troytown Handicap Chase being strongly supported yet again by the top trainers
with top quality horses. The remainder of the card on Sunday is particularly
strong with two other valuable graded races with the day finishing with a
listed mares’ bumper. In conjunction with the build up to our biggest day of
the year our new website has been launched where racegoers can get a flavour of
what to expect. We have been promised a dry day for Sunday and we are looking
forward to a big crowd and a spectacular day’s racing.”