The new National Hunt season cranks up a gear this weekend and that means the return of top Irish trainer Gordon Elliott with his weekend runners preview, staring with his seven Saturday chances at Fairyhouse...
"She jumps fences well, she loves good ground and she comes here off a career best effort in a Listed hurdle at Gowran last week so I'd like to think that she will be up to making her mark in this company."
- Gordon Elliott on Make My Heart Fly
Good starting point and he should go close
14:00 - Hardline
After doing really well for us as a novice hurdler last season he will make his debut over fences in a two mile beginners chase. He has schooled well and looks to be in very good form and he's a horse who I hope will be able to make up into a graded class novice chaser over the course of the winter. He has always looked like one who appreciates nice ground so hopefully the going won't be too quick for him and this looks a good starting point for his season. He will come on from the run but he should still go close.
One of our best chances of the weekend
14:35 - Make My Heart Fly
After doing tremendously well over hurdles in recent months she will now take her chance in a two mile five furlongs mares beginners chase. She jumps fences well, she loves good ground and she comes here off a career best effort in a Listed hurdle at Gowran last week so I'd like to think that she will be up to making her mark in this company. She is one of our strongest chances of the weekend.
Watching brief for Boy by my other runner should show up well
15:45 - Sometime Soon & Just A Boy
I'm hoping that Sometime Soon will make up into a nice novice hurdler. I was very pleased with the way he won his bumper at this track last season and I'm inclined to think that he wasn't at his best on his next two runs. The ground was very deep when he ran back on Irish National day and then he was probably over the top by the time it came to the Punchestown Festival. He is a neat, agile horse who looks an ideal type for two mile novice hurdling and he's been schooling well. As a son of Shantou he shouldn't mind the better ground and I'd be expecting him to show up well.
Just A Boy has disappointed us since starting off brightly in a Sligo bumper during the summer. He hasn't really taken to hurdles yet and hopefully we will see some progress from him here but he is best watched for the time being.
Old form needs to be recaptured
16:20 - Dalouga
She will take her chance in a two and a half mile handicap hurdle and I'm hoping to see her step forward on a couple of her recent runs. She just never got into the race at Clonmel the last day and finished well beaten and before that she ran respectably at Downpatrick without threatening to win. I'm hoping that a switch to a good, galloping track will work in her favour and she's a mare that did show plenty of promise in her bumpers. If she could recapture her bumper form she isn't badly treated and hopefully she will take a step in the right direction here.
Nice runs expected from both runners
17:30 - Kiss Me Kayf & Kashmir Wilde
Kiss Me Kayf was probably set a stiff enough task on her debut at Killarney during the summer when she started off in what turned out to be a smart mares winner's bumper. She finished at the rear of the six runner field that day but wasn't disgraced and she will have learnt plenty from that run. She has been doing fine at home for the last number of weeks and she will enjoy the ground so hopefully she will step forward on the form of her first run.
Kashmir Wilde is a nice filly who has a good way of going and she's come together sufficiently well over the last few weeks to indicate that she is ready to start off for the season. She will be green and raw for this so I'm hoping for a nice run but there will be plenty of improvement to come from her after this outing.