Gordon Elliott: The views on my nine Saturday runners at Navan
Another Saturday and another busy afternoon for Gordon Elliott who will saddle nine runners at Navan. Here the Betfair Ambassador gives the lowdown on all his runners...
"He's in very good form and a rating of 150 entitles him to win a Grade 1 and I'm hoping that he can reverse form with Jetz who beat him by half a length in a beginner's chase over this course and distance in November."
- Gordon Elliott on Duca De Thaix
*Best Chance: Duca De Thaix (15:25)
Both likely to progress from previous run
13:45 - Coolongolook and Seekamist
I thought Coolongolook would need his first run over hurdles at Gowran last month and under the circumstances I was pleased with how he shaped up. He still looked quite raw going to Gowran but I think that run has sharpened him up nicely and I'd be expecting him to progress well on the form he showed there. Hopefully that would entitle him to be thereabouts at the finish this time.
Seekamist has struggled on her first two runs over hurdles both those outings came in strong looking maiden hurdles and I thought she ran better than her final position would suggest on her debut at Leopardstown over Christmas. She's had a nice break since she last ran and that should benefit her so hopefully we will see her take a step forward here.
Improvement needed to get involved
14:20 - Ocean Voyage
I was delighted with her last run over hurdles at Fairyhouse where she finished second to Chosen Mate who has since done his bit for the form by winning at Grade 2 level. Her hurdling career didn't get off to the most encouraging of starts but her last run was much more in keeping with what I thought she would be able to show when she went jumping. She will probably have to progress again to win this but she should run well especially as she is getting a useful weight concession off the older mares.
Well treated on old form but recent runs a worry
14:55 - From Eden
On his day he was a capable juvenile hurdler a couple of seasons ago and he was once rated 116 so he does look reasonably treated on his old form. He hasn't been with us all that long but he seems a grand, straight forward type and his work has been solid. Hopefully he will run a nice race but he has been out of sorts for a good while and that is a concern.
Duca has a big chance before possibly heading to Cheltenham
15:25 - Duca De Thaix and Mrs Lovett
We had been considering the Arkle at Cheltenham for Duca De Thaix and there is every chance that he could still go there but this is a good pot in its own right and I was keen to support it so he is one of two runners for us.
Duca De Thaix did very well by winning two good handicaps at Fairyhouse in December and January before coming up short in a Grade 1 won by Le Richebourg at Leopardstown last month. He's in very good form and a rating of 150 entitles him to win a Grade 1 and I'm hoping that he can reverse form with Jetz who beat him by half a length in a beginner's chase over this course and distance in November.
Mrs Lovett has had a decent season over fences, winning three times, and I'm keen to try and get some black type with her. This trip isn't ideal for her and she's got it all to do on ratings with the Jetz and Duca De Thaix but there is only four runners and it's far from impossible that she could secure some black type here.
Ground ideal but stiff two miles isn't
16:00 - Veinard
Veinard got his act together to win over fences at Ayr last month so hopefully he can build on that and I think that going left handed over fences is a help to him. A stiff two miles like this isn't absolutely ideal for him as he would prefer an easier track but he will love the good ground and the small field should suit him too so hopefully he will give a good account of himself.
Good run expected in veteran's chase
16:35 - Lamb Or Cod
We've only been able to get one run into this horse since he was bought during the summer but that is mainly due to the ground we've had this winter as opposed to anything else. He seems to be in good heart and he's been ready to run again for the last number of weeks and this looked a good opportunity for him. He should enjoy stepping up to three miles and the switch to veteran's chase company will work in his favour too as this race is far less competitive than the one he contested here a few months ago. He seems well in himself so hopefully he will run well.
Compensation awaits for recent defeat
17:10 - Multifactorial
He will take his chance in the bumper and once again looks to be lining up with every chance. On his last run over this course and distance he did everything right only to come off second best against another horse of ours. The first two that day finished well clear of the others so he would have been a good winner that day and everything he has done this season suggests that he will be up to winning a bumper. He will be closely involved.