Gordon Elliott provides the inside track on his ten runners at Naas on Saturday including Pallasator's debut over hurdles...
"Often wiley older horses such as himself come back to life with a change of scenery and he seems to really enjoy schooling at home so I am hopeful of a good start to his National Hunt career in this Maiden Hurdle."
Gordon Elliott on Pallasator
Stooshie has been chasing that elusive win for a little while now, bar one anomaly he has always run well in his bumpers and today makes his hurdling debut. He doesn't mind a cut in the ground and is in great order at home so I hope he can go close here today, a change of rider in Jack Kennedy will suit.
Ball D'Arc ran an absolute blinder last weekend at Down Royal in the Grade 2 Chase finishing third, beaten just over eight lengths by Disko and in front of stablemate A Toi Phil.
He's one of those horses you can always count on to run consistently well and he came out of the race in brilliant form. He steps back to Grade 3 company for this 2m Chase and has won here twice, once over this trip so I can't see him being far away with Jack Kennedy on board who gets a great tune out of him.
Delta Work has two nice runs behind him in Ireland on good ground, he's won in France on heavy ground so should have no problem with conditions. He can tend to make some slight mistakes when jumping but he's been doing plenty of schooling so we hope that won't be the case today. We won this race last year with Missy Tata and it would be great to do it again with a young horse I really like.
Duca De Thaix is yet to run in Ireland but has some great French form with two wins to his name, he goes very well at home and reports from his work riders are pleasing. Between the two runners I think we are well represented in this Grade 3 Hurdle and with just six declared runners we have a serious chance. He is also declared at Navan tomorrow in the Lismullen Hurdle.
Pallasator joined the team a little while ago and came with somewhat of a reputation, the eight-year-old was known for being a bit of a rogue on the flat but has settled in very well to life at Cullentra and got things off to a flying start with a facile victory in the Legends Challenge Race under a cool ride by Norman Williamson.
Often wiley older horses such as himself come back to life with a change of scenery and he seems to really enjoy schooling at home so I am hopeful of a good start to his National Hunt career in this Maiden Hurdle.
Glenloe steps back in trip for this Grade B 2m4f Hurdle, his last win came in December 2016 where he held on well to claim a 2m7 Maiden Hurdle by a neck from Call The Taxie who has gone on to win a couple of races since. This is quite a big ask for him but he's in great order at home and takes his chance.
Diamond Chauchois makes his yard debut, his last run was a winning one at Thurles in March where he finished ahead of Cork National winner Raz De Maree. Conditions today are ideal and his homework has been pleasing. He finished well behind Glenloe at Punchestown on his penultimate start but I expect a decent run from him - as we always say a change of scenery often does them the world of good.
De Plotting Shed is such a consistent individual and always gives a good account of himself, he ran very well last month in Galway when graduating to chases finishing just three lengths behind Pertemps winner Presenting Percy. He's previously faced a couple of today's runners, one of which was Grade 2 winner Snow Falcon who he finished less than four lengths behind in last year's Lismullen Hurdle however Bacardys looks the one to beat for him today.
Mossback's last run at the back end of last season wasn't his best but he probably wanted more of a cut in the ground, he's come on a lot at home for his holiday and looks a stronger horse but he will need to improve on his chasing debut to take on some of these runners.
Best Of Dubai as made a good start to her career with two promising Bumper runs behind her, she's gained valuable experience and has come on leaps and bounds at home so I hope today could be her day under Lisa O'Neill.