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Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase (0-150) (Grade B) 3m

  • (4yo+, 3m, 20 runners)
  • Winner €52,000 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 45.10s
  • Off time: 14:26:29
  • Last Updated: November 25 2012, 15:29 GMT

Gigginsgown Stud and Davy Russell enjoyed Navan trebles on Sunday, including Tofino Bay (8-1) winning the Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase.

Tofino Bay (left): On his way to victory in the Troytown Chase
Tofino Bay (left): On his way to victory in the Troytown Chase

The Dessie Hughes-trained gelding was always travelling well, not far off the pace set by Glenquest and Zardsky.

And when he took up the running at the second-last fence it looked as though he would win comfortably.

However, Tony McCoy, who made the journey over from England to ride for his boss JP McManus, produced Like Your Style with a strong challenge on the long run-in, along which Russell lost his whip.

Tofino Bay still proved up to the task as he held the runner-up by half a length.

They pulled clear of Glenquest in third and Jadanli fourth.

The winning owner and jockey had earlier struck with the promising Don Cossack and were also on target with Sword Of Destiny in the beginners' chase.

Hughes said: "He won a point-to-point, so he had a bit of experience over fences and both times he has run over them he jumped impeccable.

"The biggest thing about running him was the ground. There aren't too many horses like heavy ground and he actually likes it.

"He jumped really well on the first circuit and, coming past the stands with a circuit to go, you'd have to be happy with him.

"He'll run in a handicap over Christmas and, if the ground isn't too quick, the Irish National would be a race for him later on. There's definitely improvement in him.

"He didn't have that many runs over hurdles before he got hurt so he's a fresh enough horse."


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