Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Jack set for Troytown return

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Trainer Peter Casey expects Jack The Bus to be fit enough to attempt back-to-back victories in Sunday's ladbrokes.com Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan despite a scare.

The 11-year-old, who has not raced since that success, was found to be lame after taking a tumble while schooling on Tuesday.

However, Casey is still optimistic the horse will have recovered in time to take his chance.

"He had a fall schooling, so we'll have to see how he is. He was a bit lame afterwards but if he's all right he'll be running on Sunday, and in all probability he will be," said the County Meath handler.

"Alan Crowe won the race on him last year and if he's available he'll ride him again."

Also in line for the race is the Christy Roche-trained Groody Hill. The five-year-old, owned by JP McManus, won handicap chases at Punchestown and Wexford in the space of five days late last month.

"He'd be our main hope in the Troytown. It's a step up in class so we'll see how he performs," said McManus's racing manager Frank Berry.

A 31-strong entry also includes Paul Nolan's Alpha Ridge, the Dessie Hughes-trained Rivage D'Or, Willie Mullins' Some Target and Gordon Elliott's Tharawaat.

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