Following on from a successful weekend where Cause Of Causes took the Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot, Gordon Elliott has a busy day ahead with eight runners across the cards at Down Royal, Limerick and Leopardstown...
Cause Of Causes - won the Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday
Just a quick word on the Betfair Racing Club's horse Cause Of Causes - he is back in the yard and has come out of the race very well. It's just fantastic for all involved to win a big pot like that and all the lads have done a great job with him. He's a genuine sort and when Davy (Condon) asked him to go, he just flew. I'm absolutely delighted with him and he's in good shape so we'll sit down soon and think about where to go next - but needless to say, we are over the moon with the win.
12.55 Down Royal - Dont Back Down
He has fallen a couple of times including his last race at Navan so hopefully he gets around safely this time. He'll like the two and a half mile trip and further down the line, we might look at some longer races as he's not the fastest horse in the world and could be the staying type. He doesn't mind the heavy ground too much so he's in with a chance although this looks competitive enough and there's some decent horses entered.
13.05 Limerick - Shattered Dream
He was pulled up at Punchestown in October so it was good to see him come back to run a good race last time out when third (of 14 runners) in a maiden hurdle at Wexford. He's qualified for handicaps now so we have some options and he might go over fences soon too. Again, this looks competitive enough but we are in with every chance and he should be thereabouts.
13.20 Leopardstown - Fisher
This lad hasn't raced in a while; he's had a wind operation since he was last seen at Kempton and he's in good form at home. We won this race before with His Excellency and Carlito Brigante so it would be great to get something out of it again. I'd be a bit worried about the ground though and he'd prefer it better - so I'd be happy enough if he manages to place.
13.25 Down Royal - Knocklayde Euro
Hopefully, going back over fences will see him improve but it's fair to say he has questions to answer and was disappointing once again when 11th of 14 runners at Wexford last time out. As I said before, he's not exactly setting the world alight and it seems we have our work cut out with this lad.
14.00 Down Royal - Torn Asunder
We won this race last year with Lord Redsgirth and have every chance of doing so again with Torn Asunder. Perhaps the 2m7f trip was a bit of a stretch last time out when third in a maiden hurdle at Navan but he'll like this two and a half mile distance and the race looks winnable. The heavy ground is a little bit of a worry but he's a nice horse and I expect him to go well.
14.30 Down Royal - Totally Couture
I'm fairly pleased with his latest form at Navan where he finished ahead of some decent sorts in a race won by Willie Mullins' Un Atout. He came out of that race in good shape and he looks fairly promising but both of Noel Meade's horses (Curley Bill and Fickle Fortune) finished ahead of him before and those two are definitely the ones to beat here.
15.00 Down Royal - Vapiano
He was disappointing at Navan last time back over hurdles so fingers crossed he can show some improvement here. Previously, he looked sure to win over fences at Downpatrick (traded at 1.211/5 in-running) before he got caught behind a loose horse so he's been a bit unlucky. He'll like the trip and I'd be concerned if he can't make an impression but being honest, it doesn't look like the easiest race in the world to win.
15.10 Limerick - Raajih
He's gone up quite a lot in the weights since he won back in June but I was happy enough with his latest race at Gowran (fourth of 20 runners) and he's working well at home. The trip will suit and he's consistent enough so he should give a good account of himself here. He's in with an each-way chance.