Big-race verdict: 25-1 & 6-1 Troytown tips for the Sunday feature at Navan

Modus beats Duke Of Navan at Cheltenham

A Plus Tard was impossible to oppose according to both Adrian and Matt in the Betfair Chase on Saturday and so it proved. Sunday’s big race is far trickier, the Troytown at Navan is always a hugely competitive handicap. Exeter and Uttoxeter are also in action on Sunday to make up our horse racing tips.

“Running off the same mark here, he has to be of serious interest”

Gordon Elliott is synonymous with the Troytown having won it four years back to back from 2014 to 2017 and he is long overdue another win in the race. He is responsible for seven of the 17 runners but the best of his chances seems to be Farclas, who will have talented 5lb rider Jack Foley in the plate.

Farclas won the Triumph at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival and has some very good form in top handicaps over fences, third in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown last December, runner up to The Shunter in the Paddy Power Plate at the Festival and rounded off his season with a fifth in the Grand National.

Returning from six months off the track at Listowel in September, he was in the process of running another huge race in the Kerry National when departing three from home, seemingly going as well as any at the time. Running off the same mark here, he has to be of serious interest – Adrian Wall

“He boasts a smart record first time out”

The winner of this race in 2018 was Tout Est Permis. He has kept smart company since, winning a Grade 2 and placed in a Grade 1 so he fully deserves top weight here. Eoin Walsh is a decent conditional so his five-pound claim is going to be a plus in reducing his burden.

Walsh has ridden him four times in the past, including when third in the 2020 Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival. Second and fifth in a pair of handicap hurdles in the gelding’s only other races at Navan, he enjoys this track.

The autumn has been the time to catch him down the years. He boasts a smart record first time out, his win in this race coming on his seasonal debut. Five of his top six RPR’s have come in either October or November so this is very much the time to get involved in him – Matt Newman

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