Troytown delight for Noel Meade

Tout Est Permis captured the €100,000 Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase for local trainer Noel Meade, stable-jockey Sean Flanagan, and Gigginstown House Stud in Navan yesterday.

The progressive five-year-old, formerly trained by Mouse Morris and successful on his first start for Meade in Galway, mastered 50-1 shot Mr Diablo between the last two fences and forged clear to triumph by four and a quarter lengths, giving Gigginstown their third win in this Navan feature and providing Meade with his first success in the race since Heist back in 1997.

Meade said: “We had to get the fella from the other side of the county (Gordon Elliott), and his 11 runners, out of it. We’re good friends, but it’s nice to get better of him in Navan’s big race of the year.”

Meade added: “Eddie (O’Leary) asked me on Friday if I’d run the other two. And I told him I could only win the race once — I was very sweet on this horse. He worked a bomb the other morning and I felt we just had to keep him together until today.

“Everything went according to plan, except for nearly getting wiped out on the far side. He’s a stronger horse this year, travelled well, and jumped brilliant.”

The Paddy Power at Leopardstown over Christmas would look an obvious target for Tout Est Permis following this emphatic 9-1 success.

But Meade, confirming it is a possible target, warned: “After today, he’ll be near top-weight in it.”

The first five-year-old to win the Troytown since Groody Hill in 2011, Tout Est Permis looks capable of further improvement and might develop into a graded performer as the season progresses.

Asked about winning rider Sean Flanagan, Meade said: “He’s a huge help. He’s riding very well and is very constructive — he tells it as it is.”

Meade added: “As I always say, jockeys and trainers are only as good as the horses they have.”

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