Gordon has eight runners at Naas on Sunday including Jury Duty in the Woodlands Novice Chase who he thinks is his best chance of the day...
"Despite having top weight here today he goes with a very nice chance, his main danger Livelovelaugh is yet to win in Graded company and Moulin A Vent, the only horse he has faced before finished a long way behind our lad last time out so I think he’s in the clear today."
Gordon Elliott on Jury Duty
13:20 - Naas - Park Paddocks
Park Paddocks makes his yard debut today under Davy Russell, the four-year-old son of Sea The Stars is pleasing at home and looks an ideal sort to go hurdling with, the only question mark would be the ground but if he handles it I'd anticipate a decent run.
13:50 - Naas - Duca De Thaix / Destin D'Ajonc
Duca De Thaix won his Grade 3 at Limerick well, staying on gamely to assert in the closing stages from dual hurdle winner Us And Them. He's is an improving horse who enjoys the softer ground and he's one I'm looking forward to seeing progress. He has top weight to contend with today but he's in serious order at home and heads here with a very credible chance.
Destin D'Ajonc was disappointing on his yard debut at Limerick last month, he's a lovely big horse who works and schools well and based on his homework we had anticipated better. He won a 3yo Hurdle at Auteuil in fine fashion but this is a big ask for him stepping into Graded company and our other runner definitely holds more appeal.
14:20 - Naas - Jury Duty / Mossback
Jury Duty was the emphatic winner of a Grade 2 at Punchestown on his penultimate start but Shattered Love managed to reverse that form last time out in a Grade 1 with Jury Duty close behind her, he is a very genuine and consistent individual who doesn't mind a bit of soft ground.
Despite having top weight here today he goes with a very nice chance, his main danger Livelovelaugh is yet to win in Graded company and Moulin A Vent, the only horse he has faced before finished a long way behind our lad last time out so I think he's in the clear today.
Mossback steps up in trip and class here today and although he is not quite in Jury Duty's league he is a real mud love who will relish today's conditions and who I think the step up in trip will suit. He won well here in November over 2m3f finishing 10 lengths ahead of Grade 1 winner Barcardys and three lengths ahead of the classy Snow Falcon, although it was somewhat of a surprise win I don't think it should be written off as he is a big horse who will come on for time and we'll see better from him over this trip.
14:50 - Naas - Double Portrait
Double Portrait seemed completely out of sorts on his seasonal debut at Limerick and didn't handle the ground at all, I'd hope it was a one off as he won his bumper nicely and ran well in two Point to Points. He steps back down in trip today which I hope will help and as he is in good order at home I'd hope we can draw a line through that last run and see his true colours today.
15:20 - Naas - Realt Mor
Realt Mor drops back to 2m for this Handicap Hurdle, although the Grade 1 winners better days are behind him the 13 year old is showing no signs of slowing down in his old age and is in rude health at home. I'd love to see him back in the winners enclosure and while he does have a bit to do Liam McKenna claims a valuable 7lb and I think he will suit him.
15:50 - Naas - Bilko
Bilko could be classed as a little frustrating, he's not overly consistent and sometimes does just enough. His sole win back in 2016 was comfortable and he really doesn't have many excuses left so I'd hope he can pull his socks up. On the positive side this trip will suit and Davy Russell gets a great tune out of him.
Gordon's Best Chance of the Day
I'm hopeful that we can have a successful day at Naas on Sunday but as part of a new feature in the column, I'm putting up Jury Duty as my best chance of the weekend in the Grade 3 Novice Chase at 14:20.