Punters are expressing outrage and claiming that the world of racing is "broken" after top trainer Gordon Elliott submitted a staggering 17 horses for one race. The Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan on Sunday will feature just seven entries that do not belong to Elliott's Cullentra yard.
Elliott, a three-time Grand National winner, has two of the top three favorites in the betting. Hollow Games, priced at 8-1, is the second favorite, while Gevrey sits at 10-1. However, it is Noel Meade's Thedevilscoachman, at 7-1, who leads the pack in the highly anticipated three-mile contest.
Elliott has an astonishing ten runners in the Gigginstown silks of Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary. This impressive lineup includes Grade 2-winning chaser Farouk D'alene and Grade 3-winning hurdler Frontal Assault. The only other trainers with entries in the race are Meade, Gavin Cromwell, Henry de Bromhead, and Colm Murphy.
Outrage and Criticism
The entries have sparked outrage and criticism within the racing community. Respected figure James Knight expressed his disbelief, stating, "I'm not sure I've ever seen a set of entries that screams 'the sport is broken' more than this one." He added, "This should be almost the Irish equivalent of the Coral Gold Cup – complete farce." Others have branded the entries as "shocking" and accused Elliott of "smothering the competition."
Elliott's Recent Success
Elliott's controversial entry comes on the heels of his recent success on the track. Last Friday, he secured an astonishing six-timer at Down Royal, with odds of 300-1. The following day, Elliott claimed victory in the first five races at the same track and added two more wins at Gowran, bringing his total to a remarkable 13 wins in just two days.
Final declarations for the Navan race, which will confirm the official lineup, will be made tomorrow.