Grade Two Ten Up Novices’ Chase 2024 Guide

Alex Dudley | @@Alex_Dudz_

Navan - February 11 2024
Navan 15:45
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Sam Ewing

Favori De Champdou

J: Sam Ewing
T: Gordon Elliott
N/A
Age: 9
Weight: 11-8
OR: N/A
Days: 44

One of the Gordon Elliott runners in the Grade Two at Navan this weekend is Favori De Champdou.

Sam Ewing will take the ride on the progressive nine-year-old, who was very impressive earlier in the season when winning over three miles by 14 lengths from Sandor Clegane.

He wasn’t at his best when he was last seen, finishing fifth of six in the G1 Neville Hotels Novices’ Chase at Leopardstown over an extended three miles. But, there would be little surprise to see him bounce back to form this weekend. Although, he does carries a penalty on Sunday.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
11/02/24NAV24Hy11-84
29/12/23LEO24.5Sft11-105
25/11/23PUN24Sft11-31
29/10/23GAL22.5Hy11-122
26/04/23PUN24Y11-104
Navan - February 11 2024
Navan 15:45
2
Jack Kennedy

American Mike

J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-3
OR: N/A
Days: 45

American Mike is another runner from the Gordon Elliott yard this weekend, with the seven-year-old being the pick of Jack Kennedy.

The runner was last seen finishing 25 lengths behind Gaelic Warrior in the G1 Faugheen Novice Chase at Limerick on December 28 over an extended two miles and three.

However, he was a very impressive winner on chase debut, beating Fact To File by nearly four lengths at Navan. Up in trip this weekend, and he should be a leading chance based on ratings.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
11/02/24NAV24Hy11-31
28/12/23LIM19.5Hy11-124
19/11/23NAV20Sft/Hy11-121
09/04/23FAI16Y11-44
15/03/23CHL21Sft11-77
Navan - February 11 2024
Navan 15:45
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Danny Mullins

Minella Cocooner

J: Danny Mullins
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-3
OR: N/A
Days: 22

Minella Cocooner is a runner from the Willie Mullins yard this weekend. The eight-year-old was a consistent performer over hurdles last season, finishing second on three from five starts.

He has already looked a solid performer over the bigger obstacles this term, finishing third of five behind Fact to File over an extended two miles and five on his first attempt in December.

However, a major step forward was taken on his latest effort, winning over three miles over course and distance at the end of January. That form could be relatively strong, and he’s another with a chance.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
11/02/24NAV24Hy11-33
20/01/24NAV24Sft/Hy11-121
28/12/23LEO21.5Sft11-123
26/11/22GOW20Hy11-122
27/04/22PUN24Gd/Y11-102
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Navan 15:45
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Paul Townend

Nick Rockett

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-3
OR: N/A
Days: 41

Nick Rockett is another contender from the Willie Mullins yard this weekend. The seven-year-old won on his second start over fences at the start of January, hammering the field by seven lengths over an extended two miles and five at Fairyhouse.

He was eaten on chase debut at the start of December, finishing five lengths behind Corbetts Cross over the same distance.

Nick Rockett remains of huge interest, and he could be a star to emerge over this distance if taking to three miles. There is no evidence to suggest that three miles won’t suit this seven-year-old.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
11/02/24NAV24Hy11-32
01/01/24FAI21.5Hy11-121
02/12/23FAI21.5Sft11-124
09/04/23FAI20.5Y11-31
12/03/23NAA19Sft11-121