Progressive Sutton Place takes next step at Navan

Saturday, Feb 18 2017

Sutton Place bids to continue his winning spree in the Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle at Navan on Sunday.

Third on his racecourse debut at this venue in December 2015, the Mahler gelding went on to win a Fairyhouse bumper, a Listed novice hurdle at Naas and a Grade Two at Fairyhouse before the end of the campaign.

He belatedly made his seasonal reappearance in Grade Three company at Naas three weeks ago and looked every inch a top-class prospect in picking up where he left off with an impressive victory.

The JP McManus-owned six-year-old returns to Grade Two level for his latest assignment and steps up to two miles and five furlongs for the first time in the hands of Barry Geraghty.

Sutton Place is one of four runners for Gordon Elliott in a nine-strong field. The title -chasing trainer also saddles De Plotting Shed, Dedigout and Taglietelle.

Elliott's big rival Willie Mullins is doubly represented, with Ruby Walsh siding with Renneti over Thomas Hobson, the mount of Paul Townend.

Jessica Harrington's pair of Supasundae and Ttebbob and the Mouse Morris-trained Milsean complete the line-up.

Grade Two honours are also up for grabs in the Ten Up Novice Chase, with the McManus silks carried by both Anibale Fly and Edwulf.

Tony Martin's Anibale Fly bounced back from a listless performance at Kempton on Boxing Day when winning at Naas three weeks ago and is the chosen mount of Geraghty.

Edwulf, trained by Joseph O'Brien, steps up in distance after last month's victory at Punchestown, with leading amateur Derek O'Connor an intriguing jockey booking.

Mullins runs Haymount (Walsh) and Bellow Mome (Townend), while course scorer Acapella Bourgeois is not without a chance for Sandra Hughes and Roger Loughran.