On a quiet weekend for Gordon Elliott, the Cullentra House trainer has just two runners at Naas on Sunday afternoon...
"Our Girl Salley looks the one to beat here but we are in with a decent shout and hope to give the favourite a good run for her money."
13.05 Naas - Mount Benbulben
He was pulled up in the Topaz Novice Chase at Leopardstown recently so this is very much a fact-finding mission to see where he is at right now. As I said before, he has a good engine but he's prone to errors and he made a bad enough blunder last time at the eighth and couldn't go anywhere after that. He's back down to two miles which probably isn't ideal - but if he puts in a clear round of jumping and gets some confidence back here I'll be happy enough as he had shown good form previously to win a beginners chase at Fairyhouse.
14.35 Naas - Mae's Choice
She jumps well and is in good form at home so we'd be hopeful she can run a nice race here. She didn't set the world alight at Cork last month in a novice chase but she showed a bit more sparkle when fifth in a grade three hurdle at Leopardstown over the Christmas Festival, won by Willie Mullins' Zuzka. Our Girl Salley looks the one to beat here but we are in with a decent shout and hope to give the favourite a good run for her money.