Run Wild Fred halved in worth for the Grand Nationwide as he acquired off the mark over fences on the ninth try with a commanding efficiency within the Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan.
The seven-year-old, one among seven Gordon Elliott-trained runners, led his 15 rivals a merry dance with a daring, front-running show coupled with an outstanding spherical of leaping.
Davy Russell had firm on Run Wild Fred via Defi Bleu, one among his stablemates, within the early levels of the function contest on the cardboard.
Mister Fogpatches was all the time outstanding and emerged as the primary risk to Run Wild Fred on the enterprise finish, however in fact the 4-1 favorite by no means regarded like stopping. He had proven staying was his sport when runner-up within the Irish Grand Nationwide final season.
Mister Fogpatches was collared within the last strides by Farclas to offer Elliott a one-two, seven and a half lengths behind the winner. It was additionally a double for Elliott and Russell after Hole Video games had received the Monksfield Novice Hurdle.
“I assumed they have been the 2 horses that possibly stood out amongst ours, loads of the others ran good races,” mentioned Elliott.
“I am delighted for myself, primary, to win the race, for all of the workers within the yard, for all my house owners as effectively. Gigginstown have stood by me 100 per cent via thick and skinny.
“It is proud day to be right here at my native observe and you’ll see all the gang right here, it is good with household and buddies having fun with it as effectively.
“As everybody is aware of we have been via a tricky 12 months, however we’re again now and we’re coaching winners, the crew I’ve behind me is unbelievable.
“You possibly can see all of the workers, and the best way they flip the horses out, I am proud of all of them. I advised them the opposite day if we received the Troytown they might have a half day tomorrow, so I feel I will have to offer them a half day!”
Elliott appreciated the environment on a day when Navan celebrated its a centesimal anniversary.
“I have not seen this type of crowd racing since every thing occurred, folks could not go racing with Covid-19. It is nice to see a very good crowd right here immediately and an ideal environment.
“Alex, my secretary, led him up as effectively so it is an ideal day for her as effectively.
“I do know he was nonetheless a maiden over fences, however he had good type. I imagine to win these good staying handicap chases they should be graded or Listed-placed the season earlier than. That is what the primary and second horses had finished.
“Each of them might be Grand Nationwide horses, however I feel the Nationwide Hunt Chase might be written throughout this horse.
“Michael (O’Leary) might need totally different concepts and it is a very long time from right here to March. I feel the race is made for him and I am an enormous believer in going for the race you suppose you may win.”
Run Wild Fred was minimize to 6-1 favorite from 12-1 with Paddy Energy for the Nationwide Hunt Chase at Cheltenham, and to 16-1 from 33s with Betfair for Aintree.