Steve Hughes has three suggestions for one of the big winter handicaps at Navan
One of the big handicap chases of the season, the Troytown Chase takes place at Navan this afternoon and with a classy renewal on offer I am having three goes at the 23 runner contest. Capeland was a winner on Saturday (7/2).
Navan 2.30: Tower Bridge, Fitzhenry & Redhotfillypeppers
Three of the younger brigade are fancied for the Troytown.
The definite first choice is Tower Bridge, a 6yo who looks unexposed at this 3m distance. His novice hurdle form was excellent at the distance. He was fifth in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham and third in the Aintree Grade 1 equivalent. However he was kept to 2m4f over fences where he ran well but looked a little one pace. Encouragingly he was second in a big field at Cheltenham and in a beginners chase behind Arkle winner Duc Des Genievres at Gowran. Surely there is more to come from him back up in distance and he is fit from a recent run out at Naas.
Fitzhenry is difficult to win with but always gives punters a run for their money. His best effort last term was when third in the Paddy Power at Leopardstown over Christmas. However the unusually dry ground last winter probably went against him. The previous season he had won in deep ground at Naas and was second here in a valuable novice handicap in the spring. He is another he should have benefited from a recent run – this time over hurdles at Galway where he was in front jumping the last before tiring. The usual headgear is back on today.
I am also going to take a flyer with Willie Mullins sole entry Redhotfillypeppers. The mare likes to make the running and could lead the field on a merry dance with her low weight. A 10l winner of her only point she only has three runs over fences under rules. She won first time out at Limerick – continuing a decent record fresh, suggestion she could be primed for a big run today. She has shown a tendency to jump left so this first attempt on a left-handed track over fences could reap some improvement this afternoon.
1pt each-way – Tower Bridge – 2.30 Navan – 11/2 general (Paddy Power 1/5 odds 1st 6)
0.5pts each-way – Fitzhenry – 2.30 Navan – 14/1 general (many bookies 1/5 odds 1st 6)
1pt win – Redhotfillypeppers – 2.30 Navan – 16/1 general