Plenty of jumps action to take us through Sunday with meetings from Carlisle and Leicester in Britain joining Irish action from Navan, where the Troytown Chase is the headline act.

Amongst our Sunday fancies is a Willie Mullins runner going up in trip for that Navan contest as he tries to blunt the impact of Gordon Elliott’s battalion.


  • Navan 14.20 – Fighter Allen @ 9/1
  • Carlisle 13.00 – Richmond Lake @ 7/1
  • Carlisle 15.00 – Equus Dreamer @ 4/1

Tip 1

Gordon Elliott has a fine record in the Troytown, winning five of the last eight, and he makes a typically mob-handed assault on the prize now with eight runners, but perhaps Willie Mullins can deny his rival the victory this time with FIGHTER ALLEN (9/1).

He showed some really pleasing form last season as a novice over fences, second to Stattler on debut and a winner at Tramore in April before an early exit at Punchestown on his final start.

He was strongly supported in the market for his seasonal comeback at Down Royal this month over 2m3½f but ran a poor race, finishing last of four as Fury Road scored for Elliott.

It’s unusual for one of Mullins’ to put in that sort of lethargic showing and it would come as no surprise should he put it behind him quickly. He races from the same mark of 144 now and tackles this increased trip with champion jockey Paul Townend in the plate again.

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Tip 2

Soaring Glory, a former winner of the Betfair Hurdle, is the market leader on fencing bow for Jonjo O’Neill in this Whitbread’s 80th ‘Gonna Be Hot Tomorrow’ Novices’ Chase (13.00) at Carlisle but RICHMOND LAKE (7/1) could be a decent value alternative.

He was an above-average hurdler last season, winning two of this first three, and chased home the talented Jonbon in a Haydock Grade 2 in January in what was his standout out effort. Things went awry at Kelso and Aintree on his final two starts but he’s got scope for better things now being sent chasing, especially for a trainer in Donald McCain that often sees his horses excel once they go down this route.

He won first-time-out last season and while hurdles ratings suggest he’s got more to do if he’s going to make a winning start in this code, it won’t be a massive shock if he improves for jumping a fence.

Tip 3

Kim Bailey’s EQUUS DREAMER (4/1) has a fine record when fresh and can excel himself on seasonal bow at Carlisle in their handicap chase over three miles and half a furlong.

He remains a lightly-raced sort and he was ahead of today’s rival Juge Et Parti when close second to progressive rival over this C&D on his most recent start in February.

That effort came in first-time cheekpieces, with the headgear retained here, and his record when fresh ensures this is a good time be with him as he looks to justify his place on today’s Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder.

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