Wednesday, November 04, 2020

A total of 35 horses stand their ground for next Sunday’s Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan.

 Cullentra House Trainers, Gordon Elliott Photo:  ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Gordon Elliott has left 13 in the race, the highlight on a card that also boasts the Grade 2 Lismullen Hurdle, for which Tiger Roll is among the entries.

Elliott’s Cheltenham Festival winner Milan Native heads his Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase contingent and he could yet be joined by this season’s Munster National winner Aforementioned, the Grade 1 winner Death Duty, the Irish Grand National winner General Principle and Roaring Bull, a big winner at Leopardstown last Christmas.

Chris’s Dream was last year’s hero for Henry De Bromhead who has left in both Mormon and Plan Of Attack while dual Melbourne Cup winning-trainer Joseph O’Brien has three remaining candidates, Anything Will Do, Tower Bridge and Triplicate.

Successful with Heist in 1997 and again with Tout Est Permis two years ago, Noel Meade is set to rely on Brace Yourself this time, while Jessica Harrington could be represented by the recent Galway winner Discordantly.

Fitzhenry and Portmore Lough finished second and third to Chris’s Dream in this race last year and could be back for another tilt for trainers Paul Nolan and John Kiely respectively.

Meanwhile, dual Aintree Grand National winner Tiger Roll is among the 14 horses entered for the Grade 2 Lismullen Hurdle as he bids to build on his recent comeback on the Flat at this venue. His stable companion and fellow Cheltenham Festival winner Sire Du Berlais is also entered as are the Jessica Harrington-trained Supasundae and Magic Of Light and the Ted Walsh-trained Any Second Now.

Last year’s runner-up, A Plus Tard, heads the entry for the Grade 2 TheTote.com Fortria Chase. Successful in the Close Brothers Novices´ Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in 2019, Henry De Bromhead’s charge finished second to Ballyoisin here last year and could face five rivals, including the Gordon Elliott-trained Eclair De Beaufeu, a big winner at the Dublin Racing Festival and second to his own stable companion Chosen Mate in the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in March.

To cap the top-class action, Elliott looks to hold a strong hand in the Grade 3 For Auction Novice Hurdle with last weekend’s runaway Down Royal winner Ballyadam, Call Me Lyreen and Eskylane among his entries. Course winners Annexation and Jungle Junction have been entered by Henry De Bromhead and Jessica Harrington respectively while Noel Meade has Jesse Evans.

Peter Killeen, Manager of Navan Racecourse, said: “On what is an exceptionally strong card on Sunday, the Ladbrokes Troytown Chase is living up to its reputation in attracting all the top stables all keen to get their engraving on the historic trophy. Even without the crowds it will provide a fantastic day’s racing for the viewers at home with a feature that I’m sure will throw up a competitive event that will at least distract everyone for a few minutes and lift their spirits in these strange times. I would like to take the opportunity to again thank Ladbrokes for continuing to support the day and in particular for sponsoring our €125,000 Troytown Chase.”

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