The team at Navan Racecourse is really looking
forward to what is our flagship meeting and it’s great to see that the top
trainers are once again coming out in force for the feature Ladbrokes Troytown
Chase. Gordon certainly seems to have an appetite for landing the race for an
unbelievable fifth time with 14 horses still in.
A total of 37 horses remain in the reckoning for
the Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan on Sunday. Clear early favourite
Pairofbrowneyes is among them as are leading ante-post fancies Minella Beau,
Out Sam and Spider Web.
The Tom Mullins-trained Spider Web and James Motherway’s Na Trachtalai Abu
served up a thriller when first and second respectively in the JT McNamara
Ladbrokes Munster National at Limerick last month and they could well clash
again. Last Goodbye, the clear-cut winner of the Chanelle Pharma Handicap Chase
at the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown in February, is another
intriguing contender for trainer Liz Doyle.
Willie Mullins has left three in the €100,000 event. In addition to
Pairofbrowneyes and Minella Beau, the champion trainer could also call on the
services Undressed, which would be having his first start for the champion
Gordon Elliott is bidding to win the race for a remarkable fifth consecutive
time and he has 14 going forward. The Cork Grand National winner Out Sam and
runner-up Rogue Angel look to head his team that also includes Irish Grand
National winner General Principle, Woods Well, Squouateur and current
Noel Meade won this race 21 years ago with Heist and could yet be represented
by Tout Est Permis, a winner at Galway at the end of last month, and the Naas
runner-up Burgas. Eight Till Late is a more recent winner at Down Royal and
could carry the hopes of trainer Francis Casey.
There is a strong supporting card at Navan on Sunday where the Grade 3
Monksfield Novice Hurdle has attracted an entry of 15 with the Joseph
O'Brien-trained Rhinestone and Gordon Elliott’s Dinons, an easy winner at
Cheltenham last month leading the way.
The Listed Coolmore N.H. Sires Irish EBF Mares Flat Race has an initial entry
of 17 horses headed by the Philip Dempsey-trained Caravation, Yukon Lil for
Willie Mullins and the Jessica Harrington-trained Emily Moon while the Grade B
Proudstown Handicap Hurdle of €50,000 boasts an entry of 26, headed by Noel
Meade impressive Naas winner, De Name Escapes Me.
Peter Killeen, Manager of Navan Racecourse, said: “The team at Navan Racecourse
is really looking forward to what is our flagship meeting and it’s great to see
that the top trainers are once again coming out in force for the feature
Ladbrokes Troytown Chase. Gordon certainly seems to have an appetite for
landing the race for an unbelievable fifth time with 14 horses still in. The
rest of the card is really strong and with the forecast at this stage for a
fine day on Sunday we are expecting a great crowd to come and witness one of
the top days in the National Hunt racing calendar. It is terrific that
Ladbrokes continue to support Navan for the feature and I would like to take
the opportunity to thank them for their sponsorship of such a prestigious and
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