Betfair Ambassador Gordon Elliott provides detailed analysis of his 11 runners at Fairyhouse on Sunday afternoon...
"Getaway John was sent home for a summer at grass and returned looking stronger and has really come on in himself. The experienced Jamie Codd in the saddle is a plus and I'm expecting a big run."
Mitchouka has been very consistent since joining us in the summer. He has two wins behind him, one of which was over course and distance, and he's been improving nicely. He has finished well ahead of Mastermind on two occasions now and his last couple of runs in Graded company have been pleasing. Stepping back down in class today, he looks to have every chance.
Veneer of Charm stayed on well to win on his hurdling debut at the end of last month, he came out of the race in great form and has come on in himself at home. He's a great little dual purpose horse for the season and I hope he will win plenty. Mitchouka would have the upper hand on him on form but, with only one hurdle run behind him, he could surprise us!
Charmix has been unable to replicate his consistent form from across the water and will need to show marked improvement to be a factor here. The eight-year-old faces a step up to 3m and, with most of his best runs being on better ground, he looks best watched today.
Rightdownthemiddle hasn't been quite at his best this season, his latest effort in the Proudstown at Navan was very disappointing and he never really got into the race. He has won here at Fairyhouse back in 2015 over 2m4 but steps back up to 3m today. He has the ability to win this but needs to drastically improve.
Cause Of Causes is one of the yard flag bearers. His last outing was of course a fantastic second place in last years Grand National with his penultimate start a facile victory at the Cheltenham Festival. This looks an ideal opportunity for his seasonal debut but, like most of our horses, despite being as fit as they can be they often come on for their first run and, while I'd hope he wasn't far away, he doesn't always come alive until later in the season.
Tell Us More was well beaten at Leopardstown over Christmas and this season has been well out of luck with a string of below par runs. He's hard enough to train and has had his problems but looking at the positives, he will enjoy the trip and ground today so I hope we can see a revival of form.
Doctor Phoenix didn't run as well as we had hoped here in December but his other two starts for us were very pleasing. He loved the heavy ground at Cork, so any rain won't be a problem for him and out of our four runners he looks to have the best chance in this.
The Game Changer hasn't been as consistent lately as in his earlier career. It seems he is either very good or very bad! He tends to run his better races in smaller fields and has pulled up on both his starts at Fairyhouse. I'd love to see him back in the winners enclosure but he would need to get back to his best for this.
De Plotting Shed sports a tongue tie for the first time today after his latest appearance at Naas, he ran well enough but we had expected a little better from him. He won his Bumper here and finished second in a Grade 2 here last year so we know he's well suited to the track. He's very genuine, so I'd be hopeful of a decent run today, but Willie's horse Saturnas is a big danger.
Ballela Boy ran really well at Limerick in testing conditions at the back end of last month. He steps back up in trip here today, won't mind any rain and has been in really good form at home, so I hope he could go one better today. However, there are a couple here who may well prove too good for him and he will need to really pull it out of the bag.
Getaway John finished a respectable third in his debut Bumper early last year behind Early Doors who has since won a Grade 3 and finished second in a Grade 1 over hurdles. Our horse was sent home for a summer at grass and returned looking stronger and has really come on in himself. The experienced Jamie Codd in the saddle is a plus and I'm expecting a big run.