Tuesday 20 August 2019

Potters Point heads powerful Elliott assault on Troytown

Trainer Gordon Elliott. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Gordon Elliott. Photo: Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Acapella Bourgeois and A Genie In Abottle are two of the key names to feature among 33 confirmations for Sunday's Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan.

Gordon Elliott was responsible for six of the seven winners at this meeting last year, with the Bryan Cooper-ridden Empire Of Dirt landing the €100,000 feature to add to Elliott's previous wins with Balbriggan (2014) and Riverside City (2015).

Kerry National winner Potters Point heads Elliott's eight contenders at this stage, with Irish Grand National fifth General Principle and Mala Beach other notable possibles.

Elliott said: "We'll have plenty of runners in it - maybe six or seven - but I suppose General Principle might be one of my main ones. Mala Beach is another for it. We've got loads of horses so we're very lucky."

Noel Meade trains current top-weight A Genie In Abottle and the six-year-old, who has already won twice this year, could be joined by stable companions Bonny Kate, who was third last year, and Wounded Warrior.

Acapella Bourgeois, an impressive winner of the Grade Two Ten Up Novice Chase at the track last term, heads Willie Mullins's five remaining entries.

Logical Song went up 12lb for his win in the Cork Grand National and could run for Mags Mullins, while Alan Fleming has Hurricane Darwin in the mix.

Samcro heads a possible four-strong team for Elliott in the Monksfield Novice Hurdle.


The five-year-old won three times in bumper company last season and kicked off his hurdling career with a 15-length success at Punchestown last month.

He is owned by Gigginstown House Stud - as are stablemates Poli Roi, Delta Work and Cracking Smart, all of whom have won over hurdles at least once this term.

The Henry de Bromhead-trained Creation is another possible for the Gigginstown team.

Willie Mullins has entered only the Listed-placed Good Thyne Tara, while Joseph O'Brien's hopes will rest on Shady Operator, which finished behind Cracking Smart on his hurdles bow and has since won at Cork.

Just Janice was a Grade Three winner for John Kiely last time and could try to add another win at that level here, and Jessica Harrington's Jetz is another last-time-out scorer.

Ballyluskey, Cosmo's Moon, Half The Odds, Jimmy Breekie and Turbojet complete the list of 14 possibles.

The Listed Flat Race has an initial entry of 16 horses, headed by Moonlight Escape, while the Proudstown Handicap Hurdle boasts an entry of 18, topped by Elliott's Glenloe and the Paul Nolan-trained Mon Lino.

Peter Killeen, manager of Navan, said: "Our flagship day is living up to our expectations with the feature Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase being strongly supported yet again by the top trainers with top-quality horses.

"We have been promised a dry day for Sunday and we are looking forward to a big crowd and a spectacular day's racing."

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