Betfair Ambassador Gordon Elliott provides the insights into his ten runners at Gowran Park on Saturday afternoon, including four running in the same race...
"He's a different horse to last year. He has come on in his work at home and looks a much stronger individual. He's more than ready to take this on and, if it all comes together, he has a strong chance of taking home the trophy."
Icario is becoming quite frustrating. He is yet to get his head in front in 15 starts and, despite never having run a bad race, I would like to see him finally break his duck. The ground shouldn't be too much of an issue here - one of his best runs was at Navan this time last year in very testing conditions - and, while I expect a good run as usual, whether he can finally get his head in front or not is another question.
Three Swallowsnick makes her seasonal debut. She was a very impressive mare who unfortunately picked up an injury on her last run. She has had ample time off to ensure she is 100% coming back into training and I'm delighted with how she is going. This is ideal for her, she won a Point to Point on bottomless ground and she benefits from the mares allowance, so I anticipate a good run. Epicuris looks the one she needs to beat.
Back Bar ran well enough last time out with the addition of cheekpieces which he retains today. I think the step up in trip will be a big help here and some of his best runs are on heavy ground. While I don't think he is the main danger here, he is more than capable of collecting some prize money in the hands of Davy Russell.
Robin Des Mana has been in rude health recently and takes a step up here for this Grade B Handicap Chase. He's another who won't find today's ground too much of a problem. He is a different horse to last year, he has come on in his work at home and looks a much stronger individual. He's more than ready to take this on and I think if it all comes together, he has a strong chance of taking home the trophy.
Sutton Manor will enjoy the step back up in trip. His last couple of runs haven't been his best but he has some good form behind him. The addition of cheekpieces today may just help things along and I wouldn't be surprised to see him sneak into the placings under Chris Meehan's 5lb claim.
Space Cadet ran well in the National Trial at Punchestown last month in testing conditions and also in the Thyestes on his penultimate start behind stablemate Monbeg Notorious. He is a horse we like a lot and I would love to see him have his day which I hope will not be too far away.
Out Sam was disappointing in the National Trial and to be honest we had expected a little better from him since he joined us - he goes really well at home and is a nicely put together individual. His best run for us so far was here in the Thyestes so, if he can replicate that run, I'd hope to see better but our other three runners would be more appealing.
Poormans Hill has been an absolute star for us this season. Now a winner of six races since joining the team he is another mud lark who will plough through the ground here today and I'm expecting another very good run from him off a nice weight. He would be the pick of my four runners in this with Pairofbrowneyes looking the one he needs to get the better of.
Fire In His Eyes' last couple of runs have been great. He steps back down in trip here today for this 2m4 contest and, despite all three of his wins being on better ground, I don't think he minds the softer ground either. He's a big slow galloper who shows very little at home but he is in really good order, so I'd expect him to go close here.
Global Jackpot makes his debut under rules here today. The son of Flying Legend won a Point to Point in December ahead of High Sparrow who went on to win a Bumper a month later and then won his Maiden Hurdle ahead of a horse of ours, Caltex, at Punchestown last month. Our lad is pleasing at home and doing all the right things, so we expect a good run from him. But Willie's horse Derby looks like he will take all the beating.
Gordon's best chance on Saturday: Robin Des Mana