Gordon Elliott: Exclusive verdicts on my nine Sunday runners at Cork and Naas

Horse racing trainer Gordon Elliott
Gordon looks to have a few good chances for a win on Sunday
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There are two cards in Ireland on Sunday and Gordon has runners at both including a quartet chasing the Cork National. Get Gordon's exclusive thoughts on his team here...

"The longer trip of this race will suit Rogue Angel and a decent gallop would be in his favour too. If he matches the form of his last three runs he should go well."

The lowdown on my seven-strong team at Cork

Tasty prospect may need the run

13:05 - Eclair De Beaufeu

He's a nice horse we got from France during the summer. On his two starts in France he won two AQPS flat races and he shapes like a horse with plenty of ability. As you saw on Friday a lot of my winter horses are going to need their first runs back and this horse will no different. At first glance this doesn't look the very strongest of maiden hurdles so hopefully he might get off to a winning start for us but there is no doubt that he will improve for this run.

Trip will suit French import

13:35 - Elwood

He's a horse that we've been looking to start off for the last few weeks but we've just been waiting for an ease in the ground. A half-brother to Delta Work he looks a similar type in that I'd say he will be well suited by a trip so he should be quite happy starting out over three miles. Already a winner over hurdles in France, he's only going to be considered a novice for another month in Ireland so we'll try and keep him to novice company while we can. He's a nice type of horse with a grand way of going and hopefully he'll run a solid race but I'd have plenty of respect for several of his rivals.

A black type win the goal for Moonlight Escape

14:10 - Moonlight Escape

This mare has won a bumper, a maiden hurdle and a beginner's chase so she's now going to try and get some black type. I was really pleased with her win in a decent mares chase at Sligo in late September and I thought she wasn't disgraced behind Le Richebourg last time. She made a few novicey mistakes that day but still wasn't beaten all that far and I think she will have learned plenty from that run. This looks another smart novice chase and she's going to have to up her game to be involved but I know that there is more to come from her over fences.

My quartet all have chances in Cork National

15:15 - Rogue Angel, Out Sam, Poormans Hill & Timiyan

Rogue Angel has had a few tries at this race in the past and hasn't been able to get involved but I'd like to think he has a good chance. His three runs for us have been very solid and he comes here off a creditable effort in the Munster National which I'd say wasn't enough of a stamina test for him. The longer trip of this race will suit and a decent gallop would be in his favour too. If he matches the form of his last three runs he should go well.

Out Sam probably didn't achieve as much as I hoped he would last season but he still ran some respectable races and he showed up well in the Ulster National at Downpatrick last March when finishing third to Poormans Hill. I still think that he has a future in these decent staying chases and he's been in good form at home for the last few weeks but he will come on for this run.

Timiyan has a better chance than his form figures might imply. His run in the Kerry National is best forgotten as he was on the back foot after making a bad early mistake. Last time in the Munster National he again made a mistake early on and found himself towards the rear but he did finish out his race reasonably well. This longer trip could easily work in his favour and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him run well.

Poormans Hill had a brilliant time last season when he won seven races for us. Things are going to be tougher this season as he has climbed the ratings over fences and hurdles but I'm hoping he will be more than competitive in these good handicaps. He would have needed his comeback run at Limerick last month and over a trip short of his best I thought that he ran quite respectably behind Tombstone. That run should have left him in good shape for this race and I'd be hopeful of a decent showing from him.

And thoughts on my pair at Naas on Sunday...

Clashaniska can go close on final run of 2018

12:20 - Clashaniska

He will have his third and final start of the year in a six furlong maiden at Naas. I was very pleased with his first run in a Curragh maiden and he again showed up well when coming back to this trip at Naas in mid-September when he was third in what looked a very reasonable maiden. I think he's a horse who is going to improve and strengthen as time goes on and his best days are definitely ahead of him but I'd still expect him to go close here.

Place hopes for Black Noah

15:35 - Black Noah

I was pleased with his first run at Gowran two months ago and I felt he improved for both that run and a step up in trip when he was third back at Gowran last month. I was hoping that last run would make him good enough to win an end of season maiden but I didn't think we would come up against a filly like Hazel Bay whose first run makes her a standout. If she runs her race she will win and I'd hope that our horse might be good enough to chase her home.

Best Chance: Eclair De Beaufeu

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