Navan's two-day November fixture draws to a close on Sunday and Racing Post tipster Robbie Wilders has two selections for the feature Troytown Chase.
2.30 Navan - Hollow Games @ 6/1
2.30 Navan - Thedevilscoachman @ 6/1
Gordon Elliott is responsible for a remarkable 15 runners in the Troytown Handicap Chase and Jack Kennedy has elected to ride Run Wild Fred.
Run Wild Fred ran his best race since the 2022 Cheltenham Festival (runner-up to Stattler in the National Hunt Chase) when fifth in the Munster National last time and that run suggested he can capitalise on a mark of 149 at some point this season.
However, I have a feeling Kennedy might have got it wrong as Run Wild Fred's stablemate HOLLOW GAMES looks even better treated off a mark of 144 in first-time cheekpieces.
Sam Ewing retains the partnership after steering Hollow Games to a fine third to subsequent Grade 2-winning stablemate Ash Tree Meadow in the Galway Plate in August in what represented a significant step up in distance.
Hollow Games was finding things happening all too quickly for him in Grade 1 novice chases over two miles and that was hardly surprising as he looked a stayer over hurdles, keeping on to good effect in races like the Lawlor's Of Naas and Martin Pipe over further.
He was even thrown into the Grade 1 novice hurdle at Punchestown over three miles as stamina looked to be his forte in that discipline.
This will be the first time Hollow Games has run in a 3m handicap chase and Navan looks a reasonable place to try that as he is two from two at the course. Testing ground will provide few issues for this lightly raced chaser.
If Elliott fails to take home the first prize in the Troytown, then THEDEVILSCOACHMAN will surely be the one to upset the applecart for Noel Meade and he is the other to side with.
Thedevilscoachman loves a slow surface and travelled well for a long way when sent off a 7/1 chance for the Irish Grand National when last seen, looking a big player three out but simply failing to get home over the 3m5f trip as Mark Walsh called it a day and pulled him up.
Thedevilscoachman clearly has a touch of class about him as he recorded a Racing Post Rating of 160 with a fast-finishing success in the 2022 Boyne Hurdle when just six years of age, and is expected to rate higher than a mark of 147 over fences, having contested just five chases.
It seems odds-on he has been trained to peak for this race by Meade, who captured the 2018 running with Tout Est Permis, and backing him first time out shouldn't put anyone off.
He has form figures of 11131 following breaks of 56 days or more, with the ‘3' coming behind the once top-notch prospect Ferny Hollow over an inadequate 2m1f distance on his chasing debut when he hit the line strongly. Everything looks in this seven-year-old's favour.
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