Farouk D’Alene gave Stattler a solid form boost as he took the BetVictor Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan on Tuesday afternoon to move into a 12-1 shot for the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase next month.
Gordon Elliot’s charge ran down Beacon Edge, in receipt of 7lbs, in the Grade 2 contest to land his second win over the larger obstacles and take his career tally to 7 from ten outings.
The winners’ Cullentra stable-mate Braeside was no match for the leading duo, finishing an isolated third but well clear of Antey.
Shorter for the Wednesday afternoon Grade 1, the son of Racinger remains with an entry for the National Hunt Chase but his trainer says a decision will be made nearer the time given the uncertainty of the ground.
“He was entitled to do that and he only does what he has to do”, Elliot told At The Races.
“I thought Limerick was going to happen again there and he was going to get collared on the line.
“He’s a grand horse. He’s in the Brown Advisory and the National Hunt Chase. We’ll see where we are and see what the ground is and then make our mind up. He’d need soft in it.
“He a deceiving type of horse, he’s quicker than he looks.
“He didn’t jump great in Naas the last day and it took him a while to get his confidence there. Down over the last three he was good.”