"From the moment we agreed on this conceptual blend, the goal for Ad Idem
was a synergy of brewing thought and methods," said Tomme Aurthur of The Lost Abbey.
Suited by a test of stamina and soft ground, Ad Idem
warmed-up for the Troytown over hurdles at Naas recently, when failing narrowly to He'llberemembered, and might reward each-way support in a very tricky race.
Tony O'Heh**What they say Pauline Gavin, trainer of Ad Idem
"He seems to be grand and came out of the Troytown well.
Roi Du Mee, which beat Ad Idem
by two lengths and survived a Stewards Enquiry, will be kept in Ireland, according to trainer Gordon Elliott, with the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse at Easter his main target.
, top weight for Tuesday's Paddy Power Chase, has been confirmed for the valuable handicap chase.
BALLYMAK BEATEN favourite in a beginners chase at Navan on Wednesday when looking well held from the second last before staying on strongly on the run-in as winner Ad Idem
idled when in a clear lead.
Seven days ago County Galway trainer Pauline Gavin suffered the disappointment of seeing victory in the Troytown Chase at Navan snatched from her grasp as Groody Hill mounted a powerful late challenge to edge ahead of Ad Idem
. Against that background Gavin sends another of her staying chasers, Sang Bleu, in a bid for some compensation in the 3m5f Caffrey's Bar of Batterstown Handicap Chase (2.50).
NO match for classy Flat Out in a beginners chase at Punchestown on Saturday, but posted a solid effort, bouncing back from a fall on fencing debut at Down Royal.
The Ladbrokes-sponsored feature produced a wonderful finish in which Groody Hill battled up the final climb to edge out Ad Idem
, who seemed to have the race in safe keeping after Cross Appeal had lost momentum when pitching badly over the last.
This Saddlers Hall gelding has run creditably over hurdles and fences this season, including a solid second to Ad Idem
(a good second in a competitive handicap here on Sunday) at Thurles.
A novice hurdle, over two miles and seven furlongs, at Navan on March 14 and a trip to Fairyhouse at Easter are on the cards for Ad Idem
following his odds-on victory in the Cashel Maiden Hurdle.
Navan result Ladbrokes.com Troytown Handicap Chase 1 Groody Hill ................10-1 2 Ad Idem
....................10-1 3 Cross Appeal..............12-1 4 Some Target ..............10-1 5 Prince De Beauchene 13-2f Owner JP McManus Trainer Christy Roche Jockey Alan Crowe Groom Eddie Doyle Breeder Danny Doran Distances 1/2l, 31/2l, 4l, 3/4l GROODY HILL came from seven lengths down jumping the final fence to land a dramatic Ladbrokes.com Troytown Chase under Alan Crowe and cap a great day for his owner JP McManus.