13 November 2017

Dual Grade 1 winnerCLARCAM made a successful season return at Navan on Saturday, when taking the Grade 2 Fortria Chase over two miles. Those top-level victories came in the 2014/2015 season but the now seven-year-old has since won a Grade 3 and been placed five times at Graded level. Held up by Jack Kennedy, he improved into second after the third last and led narrowly before the final fence. Digging deep, he held off joint-favourite Alisier D’Irlande by half a length, with a further two lengths back to Fine Rightly (IRE) in third. CLARCAM is one of the highest earners by Califet, who commanded a fee of 6,000 at Boardsmill Stud in 2017.

The card’s Grade 3 Novice Hurdle kickstarted a Graded double for Gordon Elliott, Jack Kennedy and Gigginstown House Stud; successful with four-year-old favourite MENGLI KHAN (IRE). Twice a winner on the flat, the Ballylinch Stud-bred gelding finished second on his hurdle debut in January, but impressed on his maiden victory in September. Sent off favourite on Sunday, he tracked the leaders for much of the two mile contest and fought for the lead with Stratum from the fourth last. Asserting at the last, MENGLI KHAN (IRE) ran on well to score by a comfortable four lengths. 

Gordon Elliott commented afterwards; “We think he's a good one and he did it nicely. He would probably have preferred a better pace. I'd say the Royal Bond will be next for him.” MENGLI KHAN (IRE) comes from a hugely successful flat family, being a full-brother to dual Group 2 winner and Group 1 Falmouth Stakes second Very Special (IRE), and a half-brother to dual Group/ Grade 1 winner Chriselliam (IRE). The second dam, meanwhile, produced Group 1 winner Eva’s Rewuest and Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Priory Belle (IRE), herself the grand-dam of Group 1 victor Opinion (IRE).

In total, Gordon Elliott won four of the seven races on the card.

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