D Day For Domesday In Troytown Chase
Sunday’s Troytown Chase see’s Gordon Elliott train 11 of the 25-runner field and his quest to win the valuable handicap for a third consecutive year certainly won’t lack in quantity anyway.
That said, it may be another in form trainer that holds the key to success of the €100,000 three-miler.
Throw The Book At It
Henry de Bromhead may have had a few sleepless nights when losing the patronage of Alan and Ann Potts but he’s certainly sleeping much easier now as his team are in flying form and with the increased support of the Gigginstown team de Bromhead has created many headlines in recent times.
In Domesday Book he has a lively player for the Troytown on Sunday
…and there’s a chance that he could well be a horse that is open to enough improvement to take a race like this.
There is some real quality in this years renewal but for many of them, they’ve probably shown their hand to the handicapper and have little to hide but Domesday Book spent the first half of last season taking on some decent novices and although he didn’t land a blow at Cheltenham in handicap company, that was just his fourth run over larger obstacles and the experience would have brought him on.
His run at Punchestown was much more creditable where he was just six-lengths adrift of Avant Tout and that form looks solid enough to give him strong claims here, but you do need to ignore his latest effort at Wexford which was hopefully too bad to be true.
Harrington To Be Proud
The other big handicap on Sunday’s Navan card is the Proudstown Handicap Hurdle and this too is a race where cases could be made for many.
There’s no doubt that La Noire has proven to be a mare of a lifetime for her owner, Gerry McGrath, as she has bred the likes of Jered, Jetson, Jenari and of course Jezki and her latest runner to go on to the track is Jelan who runs in the concluding listed bumper on Sunday.
Jett is another out of the same mare and while he may not be reaching the dizzy heights of some of his family, he may be up to taking the Proudstown. The five-year-old was last seen on his seasonal debut behind De Plotting Shed and that form was done no harm subsequently and 2m6f around Navan should be ideal for Jett to put his best foot forward.
At the same track last season Jett was beaten just four lengths by the Punchestown Champion Bumper winner Blow By Blow and he beat the talented Space Cadet in a maiden hurdle after that.
There’s some good form in the book and like some of his family hopefully Jett is still on the upward curve.
Domesday Book (28/1) – 2.20 Navan
Jett (6/1) – 2.50 Navan
*Prices correct at time of publication.