2019 Troytown Handicap Chase tips – Two horses to back in Navan’s Sunday highlight

Jon Vine takes a look through the ante-post betting for this year’s Troytown Handicap Chase and highlights two horses he feels are worth backing at Navan on Sunday 24th November.

Named in honour of the 1920 Grand National winner, the Troytown Handicap Chase has become one of the most popular races with punters during the first half of the jumps season in Ireland and a capacity crowd will flock to Navan on Sunday to take in this year’s renewal. 12 months ago, Noel Meade’s Tout Est Permis bolted up in excellent style to claim the bountiful first prize 12 months ago and a number of high-quality runners have been given the chance to emulate last year’s champion this weekend.

I’ve take a look through the ante-post betting and highlighted two horses I think have an excellent chance of winning the 2019 Troytown Handicap Chase.

2019 Troytown Handicap Chase Tips

Tip One – CHRIS’S DREAM e/w (12/1 BetVictor)

Although horses in the bottom half of the weights have a better overall record in the Troytown, the previous two winners carried well in excess of 11-00 to victory, so there’s plenty of value to be found in backing one of the classier horses. Discorama came close to winning the National Hunt at Cheltenham and ran a solid race in preparation for a tilt at the Troytown, finishing second to Champagne Classic at Wexford.

While he’s certainly capable of winning this under top-weight, Discorama could have his work cut out giving three pounds to CHRIS’S DREAM (12/1 BetVictor) – a chaser Henry De Bromhead deemed good enough to run in two Grade Ones during Festival season and he could be perfectly suited by the challenges of this sort of race.

Chris’s Dream began life over fences with a smart victory over Gun Digger last autumn. A narrow defeat followed at the hands of the classy Ballyward, before Rachel Blackmore’s mount saw off Champagne Classic to land Grade Two Ten Up Chase over course-and-distance here at Navan. After a lengthy defeat behind Lostintranslation at Aintree, Chris’s Dream rounded off his first season over fences with a poor effort at Punchestown, where he was pulled up well before the end as Delta Work claimed another Grade One win.

Henry De Bromhead’s charge has a really good record fresh, winning well on his first start in both previous campaigns. 146 looks a workable mark for a chaser with undoubted talent and Chris’s Dream is a dour stayer to be feared, should he feature in the final list of entries.

Mark Walsh guides Chris’s Dream (centre) into the 2018 Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham.

Tip Two – FITZHENRY e/w (20/1 Unibet)

Shady Operator won a competitive novice chase over 25 furlongs last autumn and comes into this race on the back of a placed effort at Galway, a venue many previous Troytown winners have used as a good stepping stone. Roaring Bull is worth keeping a close eye on too, but the second runner I’d like to back in this year’s Troytown is FITZHENRY (20/1 Unibet).

Paul Nolan’s chaser enjoyed a consistent, yet unspectacular campaign running in races of this ilk last season. Fitzhenry began the season with a pipe-opener over hurdles, before placing third in the Porterstown Handicap and the three-mile handicap chase at Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival. Mark Walsh’s mount then carried single-figure pricetags into both the Grand National Trial and the Guinness Handicap at Punchestown, but was eventually beaten 12 and 15 lengths in both of those high-profile staying chases.

Like last season, Fitzhenry made his reappearance over hurdles last month, running on well for third in a 22-furlong handicap at Galway. Nolan’s charge did his best work at this time of year during the previous campaign, and Fitzhenry has some decent form here at Navan to fall back on too, finishing a close second on heavy ground in the Novice Handicap Chase Final back in 2018. He should be competitive with just 10-07 on his back.

Jon Vine’s Best Bets

Tip One – CHRIS’S DREAM e/w (12/1 BetVictor)

Tip Two – FITZHENRY e/w (20/1 Unibet)