Loughran hoping Acapella Bourgeois can hit Ten Up target

Sat 18 Feb 2017

Roger Loughran goes in search of his second Grade Two win of the season in the Ten Up Chase at Navan on Sunday, where the jockey rides Acapella Bourgeois for trainer and employer Sandra Hughes.

Loughran made headlines with his Grade Two win on Peregrine Run at Cheltenham's Open Meeting in November, a first win for the rider at the famous racecourse, and this weekend bids to follow up Acapella Bourgeois' recent beginners' chase win at the County Meath venue.

The jockey said: "I was impressed with him at Navan, he did it well and did it the hard way from the front. I'm just looking forward to running over three miles, I won't have to do the donkey work. I can sit upsides or even get a lead. He's fresh and well and came out of the race well."

He added: "He's there with a chance. He is a soft ground horse, but he's not very ground dependent, it's the trip he wants really, I think. He'd handle nice ground going three miles.

"All things being equal he'll have his chance, if he runs his race we'll see where we go from then."

Acapella Bourgeois faces a stiff task against eight rivals, chief of which is top weight and recent Grade Three Naas winner Anibale Fly.

The Tony Martin-trained, JP McManus-owned gelding was previously pulled up on unsuitably fast ground at Kempton over Christmas, but will have conditions very much to his liking, despite giving away 3lb to each of his rivals.

Frank Berry, racing manager to McManus, said: "He's in good form, but it's a good race.

"We think it was probably just the ground at Kempton that was too quick for him when he disappointed there.

"Tony is happy with him and hopefully he'll give a good account of himself."

Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott each field two runners with Bellow Mome and Haymount running for Mullins, and Jetstream Jack and Stone Hard representing his trainers' title rival.

McManus can also call on the Joseph O'Brien-trained Edwulf, a winner at Punchestown last month.

Berry said:"He has a couple of entries at Cheltenham (four-mile National Hunt Chase and RSA). We'll see how he gets on when he runs on Sunday."

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