Gordon Elliott Saturday Runners Preview: Mam Trasna has a big chance in Ayr bumper
Grand National-winning trainer Gordon Elliott has just four runners on Saturday afternoon but the Betfair Ambassador as a big chance in the Ayr bumper...
"His work suggest that he will be able to hold his own in a winner's bumper so I'd expect him to be thereabouts at the finish."
Gordon Elliott on Mam Trasna
Plenty of ability to win a race like this
Ayr 13:25 - Veinard
He's been in good form since he last ran at Navan and we've had this race in mind for him for the last couple of weeks. This looks quite a competitive race but I think a well run two mile handicap chase will suit him well and he should like the track at Ayr. The last day the stiff uphill finish at Navan just caught him out but I think this easier finish will play to his strengths and I've felt for a long time that he has more than enough ability to win a good handicap over this trip, be it over hurdles or fences.
Should be very competitive on his 2yo form
Naas 14:50 - Clashaniska
Over the last few weeks he has been doing well in his work and he is showing enough to suggest that he is ready to start out for the season. Last season he showed a solid level of form to be placed on his three maiden runs and he showed up well over both six and seven furlongs. Possibly he will be at his best over seven furlongs this season but I think he should still be competitive at this trip. The form he showed last autumn would entitle him to be very competitive here and he has strengthened up since last season so I would say he has a solid each-way chance.
More to come over hurdles
Ayr 16:10 - Cartwright
I am hoping he will be able to win a decent handicap hurdle before the end of the season and this looks a very suitable race for him. I thought he would run quite well in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham last month and he ran a solid race to finish sixth behind Early Doors. On his run there he looks like a horse who might come into his own over longer trips so he is moving up slightly in distance for this race and that will suit him well. He's in good shape and he went nicely in his last piece of work so I'm hoping for a good showing from him. There is definitely more to come from him over hurdles.
Form and work at home gives him a big chance
Ayr 17:20 - Mam Trasna
He's a nice type of horse who was picked up at the sales a couple of months ago. On his first run he showed up well to finish third to Malone Road and then he followed up in a bumper at Kelso. That sort of form would look to put him in with a good chance here. He seems a nice, straight forward type with a good way of going and he's a horse I'm looking forward to going jumping with. His work suggest that he will be able to hold his own in a winner's bumper so I'd expect him to be thereabouts at the finish.
*Best Chance - Mam Trasna (17:20)