We endured a torrid start at Haydock with Saturday’s tips. Cliffs Of Dover ran a strange race, and after moving into it threateningly he faded badly in the closing stages. Milrow ran a similarly poor sort of race, while Might Bite clearly wasn’t 100%. At least we got a winner on the board with 7/2 shot Vintage Clouds. The hardy grey looks an ideal sort for the Grand National. It is Troytown Chase day at Navan on Sunday and I like a couple at nice prices each way…
2.30 Navan Sunday: Ladbrokes Troytown Chase
At a tasty e/w price Mr Diablo looks an interesting contender for JP Dempsey and David Mullins.This 9yo son of Presenting has only ever raced at 3 miles once in his career and he finished a decent 3rd off 133. That is the mark his last victory came off too, and he races off that rating again here. He has won on ground ranging from heavy to good, and over 3 miles he will appreciate the nice ground at Navan on Sunday.
He made an underwhelming return to action earlier this month over hurdles at Naas. However, the usual tongue tie was missing and he likely needed the run badly. The tongue tie is back on today and this prominent racer could give each way backers a decent run for their money at odds of 40/1 (6 places available each way with some firms).
Another interesting contender is Timiyan, one of a dozen Gordon Elliott runners in the race. This 7yo son of Ghostzapper will be partnered by Mark Walsh. He stayed on well late at Cork and Limerick on his last two runs and this stiffer track looks sure to suit. Timiyan has won over fences before, the Midlands National over 25f, but he was subsequently disqualified over a positive sample.
He runs off a mark of 130, 8lb higher than he was at Kilbeggan, but Timiyan is still a relatively young horse. There could be more improvement to come, and the fact that Mark Walsh takes the ride looks significant. He looks a potential market springer and if the money comes Timiyan could run a massive race. At odds of 28/1 he is worth playing each way.
TXODDS’ TROYTOWN CHASE TIPS: MR DIABLO E/W @ 40/1 (6 PLACES); TIMIYAN E/W @ 28/1 (6 PLACES)