After finishing the Cheltenham Festival with six winners and landing the Leading Trainer prize Betfair Ambassador Gordon Elliott is in fine form ahead of his weekend runners at Limerick and Navan. Read his exclusive thoughts here...
"A lovely big individual, the winner of a Point to Point makes his debut under rules today, he does everything right at home and is well up making a winning start under Jamie Codd."
13:35 Strike Is Back
We saw an improved run from her last time out at Navan under Jack Kennedy who retains the ride, she steps up in trip today which we think will suit. Her form was given a welcome boost after Faynogh's big win at Cheltenham on Tuesday as she finished third to her back in November at Naas.
The four-year-old son of Fracas ran well to finish fourth on his debut last month at Punchestown, he will have certainly come on for the run, is in great order at home and heads here today more streetwise. He's in great hands with Jamie Codd in the plate.
Sticks with the Bumpers after two unlucky runs over hurdles, he was beaten last time out by a worthy opponent in Getabird. He's a horse who has plenty of speed and looks to be well up to winning here utilising Luke MCGuinness' 7lb claim.
We've seen a plateau in his form since he won his Maiden Hurdle back in October, he will need to show marked improvement to take this Rated Novice Hurdle but could well run into some money.
She's far from being a stable star and faces a big task today in this Grade 3 Novice Hurdle, a step up in trip and bottom weight should help her along but she is what she is and she will need to pull her socks up to trouble the judge.
14:50 Theatre Wine
Benefits from a 7lb fillies allowance in this 2m6 Maiden Hurdle but she's been disappointing and will need to improve on what she has shown in recent runs.
15:25 Calin Des Ongrais
If he can reproduce his Navan form he goes with a decent chance in this 2m5 Handicap Hurdle, he jumps well and is in good order at home however he wouldn't want too much more rain.
17:05 Double Scores
He's a horse who has faced his fair share of problems but thankfully seems to have gotten over them, if he can replicate his Down Royal run he's in with a nice chance and will enjoy today's conditions.
14:10 Baltazar D'Allier and Monbeg Notorious
Baltazar D'Allier ran very well at Newbury in the Grade 1 Challow Novices' Hurdle, he's still big and green and will only come on from his runs, he's one to look forward to and we'll see the best from him once he sees a fence but he has a serious chance here today.
Monbeg Notorious is lovely big horse who held his own last time out stepping up to Grade 3 company, also a chaser in the making I expect a big run from him here wearing blinkers for the first time. They make up two of just four runners in this 2m6 Novice Hurdle.
14:40 Chirico Vallis
We had a bit of a disaster on his latest at Gowran Park when he ran out at the second, it was out of character and hopefully a one off but he has been quite disappointing - he's quirky but has plenty of ability if he can keep his mind on the job.
15:10 Sanibel Island
He ran well last time out at Naas, he's consistent enough, jumps well and is genuine. My only worry today would be the ground but he's in great order at home.
15:45 A Toi Phil
Won the Leopardstown Chase back in January but didn't jump as well on his latest in the Grade 1 Floglas Novice Chase, he's got some great form behind him and is more than competent but things will have to go his way for us to see his best side.
16:20 Jetstream Jack
He's been disappointing in his last few runs but is the best horse in the race, he's got a lot of weight here but there is good money on offer and he doesn't go without a chance.
A lovely big individual, the winner of a Point to Point makes his debut under rules today, he does everything right at home and is well up making a winning start under Jamie Codd.