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Navan preview: Monbeg Notorious heads triple challenge for Gordon Elliott

Sun 18 Feb 2018

A small but select field of five go to post for the Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan on Sunday.

Gordon Elliott fields three of them, two in the colours of Gigginstown House Stud, including Thyestes Chase winner Monbeg Notorious, with whom Jack Kennedy maintains his partnership.

That victory came off a handicap mark of 137, however, and this is a steep rise in grade. Gigginstown also run Mossback with Davy Russell on board.

One who will be comfortable at this level is stablemate Jury Duty, who has been a model of consistency since being sent over fences.

Third in the Pertemps Final last March, he is developing into an even better chaser, evidenced by his narrow defeat in a Grade One over Christmas. Robbie Power takes the ride and feels he is sure to run his race.

"Jury Duty is really consistent. He's never been out of the first two this season over fences," said Power."He's won a Grade Two, been second in a Grade One and ran a good race last time.

Monbeg Notorious Gowran 33 Thyestes Chase winner Monbeg Notorious runs at Navan on Sunday (PA)

"Three miles around Navan should suit him. It looks a hot contest, but hopefully he should run his race which will put him bang there."

Willie Mullins runs C'est Jersey in the green silks of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, who have enjoyed so much success this season. Daryl Jacob travels for the ride.

His sole run over fences so far saw him chase home stablemate Kemboy at Fairyhouse.

"He ran a great race in Fairyhouse and should have come on for the run," said assistant trainer Patrick Mullins.

"We felt we'd let him go for a graded race at this stage of the season and the ground and trip should suit.

"However, some of his best form is going the other way round (right handed)."

The fifth and final runner is Noel Meade's Moulin A Vent, who beat Jury Duty last time out.

Earlier on the card, Mullins appears to have found the ideal opportunity for Bapaume to return to winning ways in the Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle.

A smart juvenile last term, he was third to Defi Du Seuil in the Triumph Hurdle and won a Grade One at Punchestown before going down narrowly in France. He made a pleasing return to action behind Supasundae and Apple's Jade at Christmas.

However, he failed to reproduce that when last of eight in the Irish Champion Hurdle.

"He was a little bit disappointing last time out after a fantastic comeback run behind Apple's Jade and Supasundae," said Mullins jnr.

"We're going back up in trip with him and he's well in at the weights, so we're hoping he can bounce back."

He meets the Elliott pair of Diamond Cauchois and Lieutenant Colonel and Patrick Griffin's veteran Maggio.

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