Troytown Handicap Chase tips and runner-by-runner guide to Navan 2.20 on Sunday

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Gordon Elliott fires eight darts at the Troytown Handicap Chase as the Cullentra handler bids to land the Navan race for the sixth time since 2014.

Frontal Assault appears to be Elliott’s best chance in Sunday’s 14:20 as the Irish Grand National second heads the betting – and favourites have landed the last three renewals.


He also saddles last year’s runner-up Farclas, who heads the weights, while Egality Mans and Fighter Allen represent live chances for Willie Mullins.

Troytown Handicap Chase odds can be found on the Paddy Power website, Paddy Power app or via our snazzy betting widgets, otherwise a horse-by-horse guide to the runners and betting tips are below.

Troytown Handicap Chase runners


Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: K. E. Buckley Age: 8 Weight: 11st 12lbs

14/1, possibly needed run after 5 months off when fell in Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse (29.2f, good to soft). Off further 7 months with cheekpieces back on. Last year’s runner-up in the race, so he’s capable if ready to go on return.


Lifetime Ambition

Trainer: Mrs J. Harrington Jockey: C. Smithers Age: 7 Weight: 11st 12lbs

After 6 months off, shaped as if just needing run when fourth of 14 in Grand Sefton Chase (7/2) at Aintree (21.1f, good to soft) 22 days ago. Not taken lightly.


The Big Dog

Trainer: Peter Fahey Jockey: Keith Donoghue Age: 9 Weight: 11st 10lbs

Career best when winning 16-runner Munster National (16/1) at Limerick (24f, soft) 35 days ago. Up 8 lb but can give another good account.


A Wave Of The Sea

Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien Jockey: S. D. Torrens Age: 6 Weight: 11st 9lbs

Best effort of the season when 10½ lengths fourth of 16 to The Big Dog in Munster National at Limerick (24f, soft, 14/1) 35 days ago. More needed off current mark.


Coko Beach

Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: P. Hendriks Age: 7 Weight: 11st 7lbs

C&D winner. 22/1, below form 28¼ lengths ninth of 16 to The Big Dog in Munster National at Limerick (24f, soft) 35 days ago, folding from home turn. Has a bit to prove at present.


Fighter Allen

Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: P. Townend Age: 7 Weight: 11st 6lbs

Below expectations when 21 lengths last of 4 to Fury Road in Gr 2 chase at Down Royal (19.6f, soft, 11/10) 22 days ago, possibly amiss. Bounce back called now tried again at 3m.


Hurricane Georgie

Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: M. J. M. O’Sullivan Age: 5 Weight: 11st 5lbs

3 wins from 9 runs this season, latest success in chase at Kilbeggan in July. Back on track when 4¾ lengths second of 4 to Noble Yeats in listed chase at Wexford (23f, heavy, 11/2) 27 days ago. Improvement required.


Velvet Elvis

Trainer: T. Gibney Jockey: D. J. O’Keeffe Age: 6 Weight: 11st 5lbs

C&D winner. Probably needed run when well-beaten tenth of 16 to The Big Dog in Munster National at Limerick (24f, soft, 8/1) 35 days ago. Remains early days in staying handicap chases.


Frontal Assault

Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: J. W. Kennedy Age: 7 Weight: 11st 4lbs

Made most of good opportunity when winning 5-runner minor event over fences (5/2) at Galway (22.5f, soft) 54 days ago. Can build on that first chase win to follow up.


Death Duty

Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: Davy Russell Age: 11 Weight: 11st 2lbs

Ten wins from 27 NH runs. 16/1, shaped as if in good heart when unseated rider in handicap chase at Limerick (24f, soft) 35 days ago, won by The Big Dog. May just find others better treated.


School Boy Hours

Trainer: Noel Meade Jockey: M. P. Walsh Age: 9 Weight: 11st 2lbs

Latest win in chase at Leopardstown in December. 33/1, possibly found race coming too soon when refused in Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse (29.2f, good to soft). Off 7 months. Has gone well fresh in the past.


Defi Bleu

Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: Jordan Colin Gainford Age: 9 Weight: 11st 1lbs

11/1, stepped up on reappearance when second of 17 in Cork National (28f, heavy) 21 days ago. Helps to give Gordon Elliott a strong hand in the race.


Egality Mans

Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: B. J. Cooper Age: 8 Weight: 10st 11lbs

Latest win in chase at Wexford in March. Third of 5 in minor event over fences at Killarney (23f, good to soft, 2/1). Off 6 months. Could have more to offer for his leading connections.


Flash De Touzaine

Trainer: Miss Elizabeth Doyle Jockey: Richard Deegan Age: 7 Weight: 10st 7lbs

11/1, better than ever after 8 months off when winning 11-runner handicap chase at Galway (22.5f, heavy) 28 days ago, readily. Interesting contender back up in trip.



Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: B. Hayes Age: 6 Weight: 10st 6lbs

22 lengths last of 5 to Authorized Art in Like A Butterfly Novices’ Chase (22/1) at Tipperary (19.7f, good) 56 days ago. Up in trip as he makes handicap debut. Trainer looks to have stronger chances.



Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: Sam Ewing Age: 8 Weight: 10st 5lbs

Suited by increase in trip when good second of 10 in handicap chase (14/1) at Cheltenham (25f, good) 15 days ago. Further progress required up in grade.


Regina Dracones

Trainer: T. Gibney Jockey: Gavin Peter Brouder Age: 7 Weight: 10st 3lbs

Five wins from 18 NH runs. Let down by jumping when pulled up in handicap chase (11/2) at Punchestown (31f, good to soft). Back down in trip as she returns from 7 months off. Tough task.


Glamorgan Duke

Trainer: Paul John Gilligan Jockey: Phillip Enright Age: 9 Weight: 10st 1lbs

40/1, 23 lengths third of 7 to Cool Survivor in listed hurdle at Cork (24f, heavy) 21 days ago. Looks to be up against it back over fences.



Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: Rachael Blackmore Age: 11 Weight: 10st 0lbs

One win from 23 NH runs. Saddle slipped when pulled up in Cork National (28f, heavy, 8/1) 21 days ago. Still has enough to find in this contest.


Troytown Handicap Chase tips

Timeform: FRONTAL ASSAULT gained a deserved first success over fences at Galway last time and, having finished runner-up in the Irish Grand National in April, appeals as the type who could have more to offer in major staying handicap chases. The 7-y-o is taken to land the prize, though heading the list of potential dangers are Lifetime Ambition, Egality Mans and Flash de Touzaine.

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