Gordon Elliott: Views on my nine Saturday runners at Gowran Park
A busy Saturday for Gordon Elliott with nine runners in action at Gowran Park. Here is the Betfair Ambassador's exclusive verdict on the chances of each...
"If she can match the level of her first two runs I'd like to think there is every chance that she could get off the mark today."
Hopeful of a good showing
Gowran Park 13:20 - Coolongolook and Ingenuity
Coolongolook is a nice type who we bought out of Luca Cumani's yard at the horses in training sale at Newmarket in October. We've just taken our time with him and brought him along steadily but he's come together well in the last few weeks and he looks ready to start out. He jumps well and looks to have a nice way of going but I'd say he might need this run and he'll probably be a better horse with another summer behind him. He'll hopefully run a solid race and there should be more to come from him in due course.
Ingenuity has run two nice races since going jumping. I was pleased with his debut run behind Sir Erec at Leopardstown over Christmas and I thought he shaped up well at Punchestown a few weeks later on his next run. He's shown enough to suggest that he can win a maiden hurdle and I'm hoping for a good showing from him here as he looks to be strengthening up and progressing all the time.
Drop in class will allow Farclas to shine
Gowran Park 13:50 - Farclas and Coeur Sublime
Farclas (pictured) has found it tough going against his elders this season but he has been competing in top class Grade 1 events and this is an easier race than either the Hatton's Grace or the Irish Champion Hurdle. I thought he ran better than his final position would suggest at Leopardstown last time and the significant drop in class for this race should allow him to run well. He does have a Grade 1 penalty to carry but he should still be able to give a good account of himself.
It's a big ask for Coeur Sublime to take on his elders at this stage of his career but we're anxious to get another run into him before Cheltenham and time was running out so it was either run here or go to Fairyhouse next weekend and we decided to come here as this race gives us an extra week. He took a nasty fall at Christmas but he bounced back well from that and he's been in good form at home so I'd be expecting a decent showing from him. He will find it tough against hardened and much more experienced horses but he is a good juvenile who will progress further and the weight he is getting off the others could enable him to go close.
All three should show up here
Gowran Park 15:40 - Carter McKay, Minellafordollars and Monkshood
Carter McKay was disappointing on his first run over fences and although he was well held at Fairyhouse last time he did show more so I'm hoping that he will be able to progress again. He's been disappointing so far compared to the form that he showed as a hurdler but he can do better still and hopefully we'll see another improved effort from him here.
Minellafordollars is a nice horse but he's been off the track for over a year. When he last ran he beat Derrinross in Down Royal maiden hurdle and that one has emerged as one of the best staying novices of this season so that form now looks very good. He's schooled well over fences at home and he's been ready to run for a while but we've just been waiting for slow ground to run him. As he's been off for a while I would expect him to need this run but he'll hopefully run a respectable race.
Monkshood had a run over hurdles at Navan last month to blow away the cobwebs and he looks to have come on for that. In the early stages of his novice hurdling career he was threatening to make up into a decent sort and I'm hoping that he will realise that potential as a chaser. He's a good jumper who stays well and hopefully he will show up well.
Daylight Katie my best chance of the day
Gowran Park 16:50 - Daylight Katie and Kashmir Wilde
Daylight Katie is a decent mare who has run to a good standard on both her outings so far. She was second to a good mare at Naas in November on her debut and she again ran well at Punchestown last time when she was beaten less than a length into third. The runner-up from that Punchestown race has come out and won very well since which gives the form a solid look. If she can match the level of her first two runs I'd like to think there is every chance that she could get off the mark today.
Kashmir Wilde was quite green on her debut at Fairyhouse in October and I was a little surprised as she had looked quite professional at home. We've just taken her along steadily since then as she's only five but that run looks to have sharpened her up and brought her forward and I'm expecting an improved effort from her.
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