It's another busy day for Gordon Elliott as he saddles plenty of runners at Limerick on Sunday afternoon...
"He may want better ground than he will encounter here but I'd like to think that he might still be the one to beat."
- Gordon Elliott on Dinonsh
Best Chance: Dinons (16:00)
Two good prospects
13:45 - Two Runners
He has progressed into a decent staying novice and the form he showed to beat Doctor Duffy at Killarney a couple of months ago looks good. He did win on soft ground that day but that was summer soft and I'm not sure whether he is a horse for real winter ground. We should find out more on that front today but if he does handle the ground well he will give a good account of himself. Ideally I'd prefer if the trip was a bit longer for him.
His future lies over fences and that is what he will be doing later this season but he did win his maiden hurdle late last season which means that he is a novice over hurdles until December so that is why he is starting out here. He is a lovely big horse who ran some nice races in good company last spring and the form he showed then would entitle him to run well here but I would say that his lack of a run is going to catch him out against some race fit rivals.
Voyage will need the run but blaze could run well
14:15 - Two Runners
She ran some respectable races last season and deserved to win her maiden hurdle at Cork in March when she was last in action. We gave her a good break after that as she wants soft ground and she is going to need this run. On what she has done so far a rating of 117 looks high enough and this won't be easy off top weight but hopefully she will progress having had a summer to strengthen and mature.
I was delighted with her run at Navan last month when she finished a good third in a competitive two mile handicap hurdle. That was a much improved effort and was more in keeping with her best form. She is a capable mare and a former course and distance winner so I'd like to think that she could be closely involved.
Needed last run badly but has a chance now
14:50 - Black Tears
On her day she is a very smart sort as she showed when running really well at Cheltenham. It's hard to know what her best trip is but she seemed to enjoy moving up to this distance at Navan last month when she ran well behind Doctor Duffy. She needed that run badly and looks to have come forward since then so if she can put her best foot forward she should go close.
Plenty of positives for my pair
15:25 - Two Runners
Sassy Yet Classy
She was just struggling a little on better ground during the summer so we decided to stop with her and wait until there was some ease before running her again. She's in good shape and with the trip and ground to suit I'm hoping she will take a step forward but she will need to if she is to get competitive.
It took her a while to win but she comes here having won a couple of handicaps at Perth and those wins will have done her confidence plenty of good. Hopefully she can keep progressing and the trip will suit her while the ground will be fine for her too. I wouldn't be surprised to see her show up well.
Dinons might be the one to beat
16:00 - Two Runners
I was pleased with his last run in Listowel. The two miles trip was short of his best and he really didn't look to be enjoying himself early on but he finished out his race very well and he should enjoy today's longer trip. He may want better ground than he will encounter here but I'd like to think that he might still be the one to beat.
He had a good summer, winning three times in a row at one stage, and small fields over this sort of trip suit him well. He has had his limitations exposed on his last couple of runs but he's a solid horse who usually runs his race every time and I'd be expecting another solid showing here.
In-form Lense must have a good chance
16:35 - Three Runners
The Big Lense
Things have come together for him lately and he has won decent handicaps at Listowel and Navan. He has gone up 16lbs for those wins but I'd hope that he would still be competitive off his new rating as he was always a horse that we held in good regard. On current form he must have a good chance and he seems to be in very good shape so if he can last home over this three mile trip he should be thereabouts.
He's an interesting horse as he has plenty of ability but doesn't have many miles on the clock. Unfortunately he fell on his first run for us at Navan last month and that was his first run for three years so we are still a little in the dark as to where we are at with him. He seems a nice horse and has been going well at home so I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him run well. However his inexperience is a concern.
He has struggled over the last year but a light weight might help his cause here and he did actually run quite respectably in this race last year when he made a bad early mistake. He has the ability to run well but at the same time a look at his recent form would suggest that he is up against it.
Smart is a Cracking chase prospect
17:10 - Two Runners
He was a very good novice hurdler a couple of seasons ago but he missed time at the start of last season and I was never really happy with him although he did run quite respectably in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham. He seems a different horse this season and always looked like one who could make a high class chaser so hopefully we have plenty to look forward to with him over the next few months. He jumps well and is moving great and he should run well but he will need this run.
Champagne Classic (doubtful runner)
He has been declared to run at Fairyhouse on Saturday and the intention is to go there but he was put in here as a precaution in case anything were to go amiss there.