How To Bet £20 on Ladbrokes Troytown Chase Day at Navan

By Andy Stephens@StevoGG
Sun 21 Nov 2021

Andy Stephens advised backing Haydock winner Dans Le Vent ante-post at 25-1 on Saturday and marks your card for Sunday's action at Navan. Watch the action on Racing TV.

Gordon Elliott landed the Ladbrokes Troytown Chase four successive years between 2013-2017 and after failing to add to his sequence for the past three years seems determined to reclaim Navan’s biggest prize of the season as he will saddle seven of the 17 runners on Sunday.

You can make claims, or at least half-claims, for most of them but the one among his team who stands out is Farclas and the general 5-1 on offer about the grey makes plenty of appeal. If you want a safety net, Betfair, Paddy Power and Sky Bet quote 9-2 and go six places.

The 2018 Triumph Hurdle winner seems to have been around for a long while but he’s still only a seven-year-old and he was better than ever when running some cracking races in some of last season’s top handicaps.

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Placed efforts in the Paddy Power Chase and Loepardstown Chase, the latter at the Dublin Racing Festival, were precursors to him beating all bar handicap snip The Shunter back at Cheltenham and then finishing a fine fifth in the Grand National when his stamina simply did not hold out.

Any notion that Aintree might have left a mark was largely dispelled on his return in the Kerry National at Listowel in late September as he was moving strongly on the heels of the leaders when unseating Jordan Gainsford three out when the pair got their wires crossed. His in-running odds had shrunk to about 2-1 and the winner flashed across the line just 40 seconds later.

Farclas has at least now got a run under his belt and, while ths is competitive, it represents something of a drop in class for him. For instance, none of the 18 who lined up in the Kerry National – a race worth €70,000 more than this one - were rated lower than 137, whereas nine of the runners in this have a rating of 124 and 136. None of those are unexposed improvers.

Gainsford is on the sidelines but Elliott is again lessening Farclas’s load via 5lb conditional Jack Foley, who has ridden four winners for Willie Mullins this term. Farclas looks a straightforward individual and it’s worth noting two of Elliott’s recent winners of this race have been partnered by claimers.

It will be an unusual renewal with the ground forecast to be good – it’s often been heavy – but Farclas is not short of speed and well served by such conditions. Four of his five career wins have been achieved with the word good in the going description.

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Run Wild Fred, a stablemate carrying the same Gigginstown silks, is the general favourite and will be partnered by Davy Russell. Last season’s Irish Grand National runner-up, still a maiden over fences, has a big staying prize in him but he looks all about stamina and, while this is a demanding track, he could have done with softer ground racing over 3m.

Mister Fogpatches should go well if his jumping holds up, while Top Moon was a fair third to Ontheropes at Limerick last time and Willie Mullins has high hopes for that horse in next weekend’s Ladbrokes Trophy. Talking of Mullins, he relies on Lord Royal, but this is not a race that the master trainer seems to target (last winner in it was in 2009) and Lord Royal’s prospects seem underestimated by the market.

It could be a day to savour for Foley because he has bright prospects aboard the improving Clarens in the opening Navan Handicap Hurdle. The combination have clicked twice in the past two months, at Listowel and Wexford, and the form of the latter win looks strong with the next two home being winners on their previous start and the third subsequently resuming winning ways.

Clarens, a general 4-1. has been pushed up another 9lb but he began life in handicaps from a humble mark and, having had only six starts, is clearly on the up.

Best bet on the card looks Gaspard Du Seuil in the 2m6f Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle. He’s another lightly raced youngster getting better with racing, and he looked a certain future winner when beating all bar the similarly unexposed Farrawaybay over course and distance in a similar race last time.

The winner had previously chased home Influential Lady in a big field at Thurles, and that horse did her bit for the form when again scoring at Gowran on Saturday.

Gaspard Du Seuil had previously chased home San Salvador in a maiden hurdle at Listowel and the winner might have followed up in Grade Three company had he not exited at the final flight.

A 3lb rise for Gaspard Du Seuil’s latest effort looks lenient and, while he is unlikely to be one of his trainer’s superstars, it will be disappointing if he cannot win races off a mark of 116.

How To Bet £20 on Troytown Chase Day at Navan

12.50: Clarens £3 win at a general 4-1

2.20: Gaspard Du Seuil £7 win at 11-4 with bet365

2.50: Farclas £6 win at a general 5-1

Plus a £1 Trixie on the trio above

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