Gordon Elliott: Missy Tata and Braeside both stick out in their races on Sunday
Betfair Ambassador Gordon Elliott ends his week with runners across Wexford and Limerick...
"She jumped well and showed plenty of her old sparkle so I'm hoping that she can progress into a decent chaser."
Edene will love the ground
14:35 - Edene D'arc
She picked up a well deserved maiden hurdle success at Gowran last weekend when she enjoyed the switch to soft ground. On her ideal ground I think she will progress away through the last couple of months of the season and I'm keen to try and get some more black type with her which is why she is lining up here. She will love the ground and if she gets the trip, which is a concern, she could show up well.
15:10 - Diamond Turf
It has been a disappointing season for this horse. After his two runs in bumpers I was hoping that he would progress into a useful novice hurdler this season but it hasn't happened for him. I was disappointed with his last run at Navan a couple of months ago when he finished fourth but in hindsight the form of that race is working out well. I do believe that he is better than he showed that day and with a bit of improvement he could give a good account of himself.
15:40 - Load Up Time
After switching to handicap hurdles he showed up well at Clonmel and Navan before failing to produce his best over three miles at Punchestown last month. We are bringing him back in trip slightly at an easier track so that should help him and if he gets back to the form of his Navan third he should run well. I'm just not sure how he will handle the testing ground but if he does he should run well.
Missy could go close
16:15 - Missy Tata
She was a high class hurdler a few seasons ago and she back from a long time off to win a Fairyhouse beginner's chase last month. I don't know what would have happened that day if Moyhenna hadn't fallen at the second last but I was pleased with what I saw from our mare. She jumped well and showed plenty of her old sparkle so I'm hoping that she can progress into a decent chaser. Since her comeback this race has been her plan and the trip coupled with the ground look ideal for her. I'd like to think she could go close.
17:25 - Dakota Moirette
He deserves to get off the mark as a chaser and hopefully he might do so here. He ran well at Leopardstown a couple of weeks ago when he didn't get home over a longer trip and prior to that I think he might have won a beginner's chase at Fairyhouse only to fall at the last.
A rating of 128 entitles him to win a beginners at this time of year and if he runs close to his best I'm hoping he will take beating. His jumping has cost him in the past but he is more than capable of putting in a good round of jumping when things fall right for him.
14:20 - Tapenade
He's been running to a respectable level in bumpers and he wasn't disgraced in a reasonable bumper at Thurles a couple of weeks ago. This race is restricted to horses that haven't finished in the first three so it gives him a realistic chance of making his presence felt on his hurdling debut and if his jumping holds up he should run a solid race.
15:30 - Viscount Wilson
His initial efforts over hurdles had been disappointing but he showed more to finish second at Naas last time. That run came in a relatively weak four-year-old handicap and this will be more competitive. However, I'm hoping he will have gotten some confidence from that last run and a step up to two and a half miles on soft ground in this sort of company should suit him. Hopefully he can build on his last run.
Braeside deserves to win, Hell on Earth can improve
17:10 - Braeside
He deserves to win a bumper and this looks a nice opportunity for him as the two and a half mile trip will suit him well. He ran well on his debut for us to finish second at Down Royal over Christmas and I'd say that he probably stepped forward on that form to finish second to Latest Exhibition at Naas the following month. He is a grand type who stays well and he will really come into his own when he goes jumping but I think that he is good enough to win a bumper before then. He should go well.
17:10 - Hell On Earth
He's a grand, big chasing type of horse and he was just ready to start off at Leopardstown over Christmas when he finished third in a bumper. He's going to have to improve on that run and this longer trip will suit him well so I'd expect an improved effort from him. He's got an each way chance.
Best Chance - Missy Tata (16:15), Braeside (17:10)