Gordon Elliott: From Eden the pick of my six at Gowran on Saturday
Betfair Ambassador Gordon Elliott discusses his six runners at Gowran Park on Saturday and tells us why From Eden could win for a second successive weekend...
Best Chace - From Eden (15:05)
"I was delighted with his first run for us at Navan last weekend where he got up late on to win a handicap hurdle over this trip. He raced a bit lazily through that race which is why he wears cheek pieces this time and I think they will help at a track which mightn’t suit him quite as much as Navan did."
She'll relish soft ground
13:25 - Edene D'arc
She has run some solid races in defeat over hurdles this season without quite performing to her best. I'm hopeful that she will take a step forward on this occasion as she will relish the chance to race on soft ground for only the second time this season. She did get soft ground for her comeback at Limerick over Christmas where she travelled very well only for her lack of a run and the two-and-a-half mile trip to find her out. If she gets back to that form I think she will run well.
More to come from him
14:30 - Dark Decade
He has yet to make a big impression on the track but I think that there is more to come from him and he ran a lot better than his final position would suggest at Naas a couple of weeks ago as he made a bad mistake at the third last and he still looked quite green. Although he finished eighth that day, he was beaten less than eight lengths and that first handicap experience coupled with this longer trip should see him take a step forward. I wouldn't be surprised to see him show up well.
Cheekpieces will help
15:05 - From Eden
I was delighted with his first run for us at Navan last weekend where he got up late on to win a handicap hurdle over this trip. He raced a bit lazily through that race which is why he wears cheekpieces this time and I think they will help at a track which might not suit him quite as much as Navan did. I'm hoping that he will be able to win more races for us and he should be thereabouts.
Working his way back to form
15:40 - Doctor Phoenix
Doctor Phoenix is at his best on slower ground so the prospect of soft ground means that he will take his chance in the Shamrock Handicap Chase. He does have entries at Cheltenham next week and it's possible that he could still go there but we will just see how he gets on here.
For most of the season he hasn't had his ground but he did run quite respectably in a Grade 2 at Cork in December on slow ground and he has run to a solid level on his last two outings. He won't find this easy off top weight but I do think that he is working his way back to form and I'm expecting a decent showing.
In good heart but needs the run
15:40 - Sunsetstories
Sunsetstorise is a horse who has not been helped by the dry winter. He enjoys soft ground but the ground has been against him almost every time that he has held an entry this season. He is in good heart but we haven't been able to run him since late October which is far from ideal. On the pick of last season's form he would have a chance but it's quite likely that he will need this run.
Big improvement needed
16:15 - Minellafordollars
He will have his second start over fences in the two-and-a-half mile beginner's chase and hopefully he will progress on his showing over this course and distance last month. He could never get involved that day but it was his first run for well over a year and they went some gallop from the outset so hopefully he will do better with that experience behind him. He is going to have to improve a lot if he is to make his presence felt though.
Gordon's Best Chance on Saturday - From Eden (15:05)