Yesterday started well for us when each way pick Man Of Plenty ran a gallant second in the Haydock mud at huge odds (40/1 for most off the day), but nothing clicked afterwards although San Benedeto is worth a glance in future having tanked along far too freely at Ascot.
Today we head to Ireland. The Irish staying chases have been kind to us recently , and the Troytown today up the Eiger-like finish at Navan, on proper Irish heavy, certainly counts as an extreme staying test.
The switch from Sandra Hughes to Wilie Mullins worked the oracle for Total Recall recently and the bookies have priced up fellow transferee Acapella Borgeois as market leader here.
He ran away with a grade 1 here as a novice last year, but where Total Recall had a stone or more of improvement, this guy is already saddled with top weight and a mark of 149. If Willie finds a hidden stone off that mark then the horse would be on the fringe of Gold Cup class, and that’s not a narrative we’re buying just yet.
If it’s not Willie it has to be Gordon. Mr Elliott comes here typically mob-handed, but it’s the mount of top jockey Jack Kennedy that looks first choice.
General Principle shaped up like a useful staying novice last season. It took him a long time to shed his maiden tag, exclusively at shorter trips. Once he did, he followed up with a good win over 3m on soft, and then ran an excellent fifth in the Irish National.
That run suggested he has a workable rating, and freshened from a break he ran a conspicuously good race over hurdles first time up this season.
Recommendation: General Principle, 1435 Navan, 2pts win, 7/1 Betfair sports book.
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