Ray Flanagan previews Troytown Chase Day at Navan
thought for the day: I have to start watching races and studying the form much closer if I hope to have any winners in this new jumping season.
Troytown Chase Day at Navan and a few selections
Navan 1.00- Supasundae and Relegate
Ground conditions not being too deep point favourably towards the chances of Supasundae. Rising 11-years old in the new year Jessica Harrington’s charge may no longer be a significant force at the top level but a repeat of his efforts last season in both the Cheltenham and Dublin Champion Hurdles ought to be good enough to beat this lot.
In saying that one horse who caught my eye on occasion last year was Relegate who was quietly fancied for the Pertemps Hurdle final at Cheltenham but was left with too much to do on that occasion by Paul Townend, He could be a force to be reckoned with this season and it will be interesting how he gets on here.
Navan 1.35-Portmore Lough
I will go along with last years third Portmore Lough. This fine big stamp of a grey probably finds this trip at the end of his stamina particularly around such a stiff track as Navan, but the slightly dryer conditions coupled with a more patient ride should help his cause.
Following a spell of being out of form the selection bounced back with a fine effort at Limerick in the Munster National especially considering how badly he was impeded at the first fence when a faller caused his jockey to lose his irons and drop the horse to the back of the field.
A fine lepper of a fence he could be primed to atone for that unlucky defeat.
Navan 3.15- Pike County
Contested some decent maiden hurdles and looks feasibly treated off 116 on handicap debut .
Has very good bumper form including narrow defeats against the likes of Thatsy. No great shakes over hurdles this far but perhaps improvement may be forthcoming in first handicap with the horse likely to strip fitter for a recent outing.
2.5 pts win- Supasundae-1.00 Navan-4-1 P Power
0.5 pts win- Relegate-1.00 Navan – 11-1 General
1 pt ew-Portmore Lough-1.35 Navan-10-1 BoyleSports
1 pt win-Pike County-3.15 Navan-4-1 General
1.5 pts ew-Multifactorial-3.50 Navan-12-1 General