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ANTEPOST MOVER: Navan hero Farouk D’Alene moves into 12-1 for Brown Advisory

Can Farouk D’Alene spring a surprise at next month’s Cheltenham Festival?

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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.

WATCH: FAROUK D’ALENE DENIES BEACON EDGE IN A CRACKING NAVAN ENCOUNTER [CREDIT: RACING TV]

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.

Gordon Elliot at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Gordon Elliot is yet to record a win in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase as a trainer

“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.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.