Discorama heads Troytown weights
Cheltenham Festival runner-up Discorama heads the Burdens for the Ladbrokes Troytown Chase at Navan.
Part-owned from Andrew Gemmell, of Paisley Park celebrity, the Paul Nolan-trained Discorama came close to victory – heading down by only half a period to Le Breuil from the National Hunt Chase.
He rounded off his season at the Punchestown Festival, and made a pleasing reappearance when runner-up to Champagne Classic at a Listed event at Wexford month.
Nolan expects that streak to depart his steady star place on for the 100,000 euro feature of Sunday – and while he’s at the peak of the weights on 11st 10lb, gifted conditional Sean O’Keeffe takes 5lb.
Nolan explained:”It’s not simple in these huge handicaps using top-weight, however if you are kind of between levels there aren’t many choices.
“We’re taking 5lb off his rear with Sean driving. He seems in great shape – we’ve been pleased with him in Wexford because his run, along with the track should match him.
“With a transparent round, he should give a fantastic account of himself”
The Enniscorthy-based trainer has a second string to his bow Fitzhenry, who warmed up to the race by finishing third more challenges at Galway.
“He definitely has an opportunity too. He ran a great race over hurdles in Galway and he’s come on for this,” Nolan added.
“He is a consistent horse, however he has not got his head in front that lots of times. I expect he will give a good account of himselftoo.”
Is just one of nine runners for top owner JP McManus, with the Portmore Lough, Aidan Howard’s Winter Escape and Joseph O’Brien’s Tower Bridge of John Kiely one of his squad.
Gordon Elliott saddled four consecutive winners of the Troytown between 2017 and 2014 – and is.
The Cullentra handler saddles seven Trainers at Noble Endeavor (Keith Donoghue), Ravenhill (Davy Russell), Woods Well (Kevin Sexton), Roaring Bull (Donagh Meyler), Gun Digger (Kevin Brogan), ” The Big Lense (Mark Enright) and also Timiyan (Phillip Enright).
Grade Three honours are up for grabs in the”Monksfield” Novice Hurdle.
Elliot has claimed that this trophy three occasions in the previous five seasons – using Free Expression (2014), Death Duty (2016) and Samcro (2017) – and this season fires a twin assault, together with Abacadabras united by stablemate Fury Road.
A bumper performer last season, Abacadabras is just two over hurdles so far – lately landing at the Grade Three To Auction Novice Hurdle in this venue a fortnight ago. Fury Road won by 18 lengths on his debut at Down Royal.
The threat to this Elliott set is a Gigginstown House Stud-owned runner at Noel Meade’s Sixshooter – though he was also announced to operate in Gowran Park on Saturday.
Joseph O’Brien’s Entoucas sets the norm in the opening maiden hurdle, with finished third behind Elliott celebrity Envoi Allen on his first start.
The Willie Mullins-trained Francin and elliott’s Thatsy are among his opponents.
The beginners chase is equally interesting, using hurdler Triplicate taken on by Meade’s pair of Red Jack and Valdieu along with the Mullins-trained Cash Back.
It is improbable with a clutch of quality mares contesting the concluding Listed bumper many racegoers will make an exit.
The star attraction is the Bigbadandbeautiful, that impressed at Gowran Park in October at this level and will be fancied to give a beating into her 10 competitions of Elliott.