Gordon Elliott: Stooshie the standout of my six Saturday runners at Thurles
Betfair Ambassador discusses his six chances at Thurles on Saturday and explains why Stooshie his best chance of the afternoon...
Gordon's Best Chance on Saturday - Stooshie (17:15)
"His first run over fences, which came at this track, was quite encouraging so I'd hope that he will make his presence felt here."
Questions to answer
Thurles, 14:20 - Yendo
I was hoping to see him run a solid race on his hurdling debut at Down Royal last week but he got no further than the fifth hurdle where he made a bad mistake and got rid of Jack Kennedy. He came out of that race fine and I'm anxious to get more experience into him over hurdles which is why he is turning out again just a week after his first run.
If he came back to the form he showed on his first run in bumpers I would say he has an each way chance but he has questions to answer after his last couple of runs.
Prince showing promise
Thurles, 14:55 - Prince Of Scars
He was a very good horse once upon a time and he won a Grade 1 over three miles at Leopardstown in December 2015 but things haven't worked out for him since then. He didn't take to fences the following season and then spent a long time out with injury before returning at Gowran a couple of months ago.
I thought that he showed some promise when finishing sixth to Presenting Percy in that Grade 2 at Gowran and that run would give him a great chance here but I think the ground is going to be quicker than he would like.
Step in trip will help
Thurles, 15:30 - Darling Miss
She has struggled in maiden hurdles so hopefully a switch to handicapping will help. She was placed in a couple of point-to-points on decent ground so I think the step up to this trip will help her. On a couple of her runs I do think she has run better than her final position would suggest so I'm hoping for a solid showing but an overall lack of experience is going to count against her and she should be all the better for this run.
Time to forget Cheltenham
Thurles, 16:05 - Cubomania
It just didn't happen for him at Cheltenham last week where the testing ground on the Tuesday was against him and he pulled up in the novice handicap chase. After shaping like he might get into contention at one stage he was well beaten before the turn in and Davy (Russell) wasn't hard on him once his chance had gone which is allowing us to turn him out again here.
Prior to Cheltenham he had put together a number of good runs and if he returns to the pick of those efforts he should run well.
Return to form?
Thurles, 16:05 - Duca De Thaix
I'm at a loss to explain his last run at Navan where he ran no race whatsoever in a Grade 3. He looked to have a great chance beforehand but he didn't seem to be himself from early on and maybe he got unsettled after making a couple of notable mistakes early on. He is a good jumper and a strong traveller but he did neither at Navan so I'm happy to put a line through that run.
On his best form earlier this season he would look to have a great chance and hopefully he will return to that level here.
Best chance of the day
Thurles, 17:15 - Stooshie
He was well beaten last time but in hindsight I'd say he just paid the price for trying to chase a very good horse of Willie's (Chacun Pour Soi). He doesn't look to be meeting anything of that one's class here so this easier assignment coupled with this much longer trip could work in his favour.
As a hurdler he seemed to stay two-and-a-half miles reasonably well so this slightly longer distance should be fine for him. Also, his first run over fences, which came at this track, was quite encouraging so I'd hope that he will make his presence felt here.
Gordon's Best Chance
Stooshie (17:15) - Trip and challenge look right for him.