Betfair Ambassador Gordon Elliott provides detailed analysis of the five runners he sends to Cork on Saturday afternoon...
"This 13-year-old still loves the game and I would be delighted to see him get his head in front again stepping back up in trip after a year out of the winners enclosure."
Askari was very disappointing last time out at Leopardstown on his yard debut, so he would need to show drastic improvement to be a factor here, especially with the ground a lot more testing. But a smaller field and Seamus Murray claiming 7lb will hopefully help things along.
Schindlers Ark is having his first start for us here having recently joined us from Charles O'Brien's. He has five moderate flat runs behind him but looks the type ideal to go hurdling with. He's been doing plenty of schooling at home and seems to have taken to it well so with a clear round I'd expect a decent hurdling debut.
Pearl Dragon is another having his yard debut. A four-time flat winner in France, he is a really nice sort who has been pleasing us at home. We'll know more about him after today but, based on his flat form and his schooling, I'd be expecting a good run from the seven-year-old if he jumps well under pressure.
Realt Mor was never a factor on his latest start at Thurles and just found the going too tough. He would prefer the ground on the better side but is in great order at home - the 13-year-old still loves the game and I would be delighted to see him get his head in front again stepping back up in trip after a year out of the winners enclosure.
Midnight Escape didn't perform as well as expected on his latest at Navan so I hope he can regain his consistency here today. His prior two chase runs were promising and I think the ground today will suit so I hope we can draw a line through his last run and see better from him under Jack Kennedy.