Monbeg Notorious cut to 6-1 for National Hunt Chase after Navan win

Sun 18 Feb 2018

By staff

Monbeg Notorious followed up his Thyestes Chase success with a narrow call over stablemate Mossback in the Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan.

The Gordon Elliott-trained pair had the four-runner affair between them in the closing stages and it was Monbeg Notorious who led home a one-two for owners Gigginstown House Stud.

Moulin A Vent set out to make all but was a sitting duck for the Elliott duo, who pounced with two fences left.

Monbeg Notorious (5-4 favourite) led before the last, but in the end was all out under Jack Kennedy to prevail by half a length. Moulin A Vent was left 19 lengths away in third.

Monbeg Notorious, pictured below, was cut to 6-1 from 10-1 for the four-mile National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham with Paddy Power.

Monbeg Notorious Navan f1

Elliott, who enjoyed a four-timer on the card, said: "They are two grand, honest, galloping horses - big staying chasers. They are both in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National, and we'll see what happens. They wouldn't want firm ground."

It was a Grade Two one-two double for Elliott after Diamond Cauchois' win over Lieutenant Colonel in the Boyne Hurdle.

Rank outsider Maggio took them along in the Grade Two contest but was tackled on either side by Diamond Cauchois and Bapaume as they turned for home.

Elliott's 4-6 favourite mastered Bapaume after jumping two out, with Willie Mullins' runner stopping quite quickly, and Diamond Cauchois stormed home to score by nine lengths, with his stable companion Lieutenant Colonel catching Bapaume for second.

Elliott said: "He's a grand horse and loves that soft ground. The ground will probably decide where we go with him but he's won two good pots for us this year so we are very happy."

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