There's no chance of a quiet Sunday afternoon for Betfair Ambassador Gordon Elliott, as he heads to Navan to see how his runners fare. Here are his thoughts on the form of all nine in action...
"Monbeg Notorious won the Thyestes at Gowran Park. He did it well and it's a race I had wanted to win for a long time, so I was over the moon. This is another race that is right up his street. He will relish conditions and I'd expect a big run from him under Jack Kennedy."
16:00 - Monbeg Notorious
Pallasator was the runaway winner of his first start for the yard in the Legends Challenge race at Punchestown back in October. His first run over hurdles went relatively well, he did make a mistake at the last when getting tired, but overall I wasn't disappointed with him. He came to the yard with a reputation for being a handful but settled in very well. He drops back to 2m here today, which I think will suit, and he's had some time to freshen back up so he's in great fettle at home. Dis Donc is the one to beat.
Diamond Chauchois ran very well at Gowran Park on his latest start finishing third behind favourite Presenting Percy on bottomless ground. The addition of a tongue strap seemed to make a big difference, so we've left that on him today. He will absolutely love conditions here and I think he goes with a very strong chance of picking up his first Grade 2. He would have the upper hand on his stablemate with his main danger being Bapaume.
Lieutenant Colonel sports blinkers today for the first time after some lacklustre runs, the dual Grade 1 winner pulled up in the same race as Diamond Chauchois last time out so I hope the headgear makes a difference to the nine-year-old. He was obviously a good horse in his day and I would love to see a revival of form from him.
Robin Des Mana has turned inside out this season and has taken to chasing very well. I'm delighted for his owner Brendan Scully who has supported the yard for a long time. He has won twice over fences now and hasn't been fazed by the recent heavy ground, so this looks another ideal opportunity for him with just four runners going to post.
Jury Duty has stepped things up a gear this season and I am very happy with him, he was impressive finishing ahead of stablemate Shattered Love, a mare I hold in high regard at Punchestown. He always gives 100% in his races and battles out his finishes, he's won here twice over hurdles and I'd be looking forward to another good run from him today.
Monbeg Notorious was most recently seen powering home through the mud to take home the Thyestes at Gowran Park. He did it well and it's a race I had wanted to win for a long time, so I was over the moon. This is another race that is right up his street. He will relish conditions and I'd expect a big run from him under Jack Kennedy.
Mossback falling at the last at Naas was a big disappointment, he was upsides with every chance but that's racing for you, the main thing is he came home safe and sound and he gets to have a rematch with Moulin A Vent today. Another who loves the mud if he can stay upright today he's in with a nice chance and between our three runners we are very well represented.
Lackaneen Leader got off the mark over hurdles on the third time of asking at Fairyhouse last week, staying on well to beat Willie Mullins Lareena. She's a really nice honest mare who we'll see better from over a trip and over fences which she will be jumping sooner rather than later. The step back up to 2m4 will suit today and I'm expecting another good run on her handicap debut.
He was a little disappointing on his debut under rules finishing a well beaten sixth of 12 runners in a Bumper at Leopardstown at the end of last year. We had expected better with him being a Point to Point winner but hopefully we can draw a line through that and he's back to redeem himself today. Lisa O'Neill claims 3lb.
Best chance of the weekend: I hope that Graineyhill could do the business again on Saturday and I like Diamond Chauchois' chances on Sunday.
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