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Dufresne the draw at Navan

Final Up to date: 14/12/19 12:48pm

Gordon Elliott

Gordon Elliott is trying ahead to seeing Andy Dufresne put his lofty fame on the road in Sunday’s Navan Novice Hurdle.

Main proprietor JP McManus went to £330,000 to safe five-year-old’s companies after successful his solely begin within the point-to-point sphere – and he made a foot-perfect begin within the inexperienced and gold silks when dominating his rivals in a Down Royal bumper in January.

The son of Doyen was simply as spectacular when making a profitable debut over hurdles at Navan final month and shall be all the fad to keep up his unbeaten file at Grade Two degree this weekend.

Elliott stated: “He is is in good kind. It’s a good race, though there are solely 4 runners, and we’re trying ahead to operating him.

“He did all the pieces proper first outing as he jumped effectively and travelled effectively all through the race earlier than placing it to mattress.

“He does not do something fancy at dwelling and easily does what he has to do. We expect he’s a pleasant horse and we would not swap him for something. We’ve just a few good ones at dwelling and he’s one in every of them.

“The journey is ok, however you can simply go up in journey or come again with him as he’s a really versatile horse – we’re fortunate to have him.”

The Cullentra handler has a second string to his bow in current Fairyhouse scorer Conflated.

“He’s in all probability not as spectacular at dwelling, however it’s a Grade Two and it’s a must to help these races,” Elliott added.

“We’re going up in journey with him and he’s in all probability not as simple or as pure as Andy Dufresne, however he’s good horse.”

Conflated is one in every of two runners for Gigginstown Home Stud, together with the Noel Meade-trained Sixshooter.

The small however choose area is accomplished by Paul Nolan’s Newest Exhibition, who made a successful hurdling debut at Galway earlier than discovering Elliott’s Abacadabras too sturdy within the For Public sale Novice Hurdle right here little over a month in the past.

“We in all probability ran him fast sufficient after successful his maiden hurdle, however I believed he nonetheless ran very creditably within the For Public sale. He simply did not have the tempo of Abacadabras, however he nonetheless ran effectively,” stated Nolan.

“We’re stepping up half a mile in journey and it appears like circumstances shall be extra testing.

“Andy Dufresne appears an distinctive horse and one in every of Gordon’s higher novices, so will probably be arduous to beat him, however with solely 4 runners we’ll be selecting up some prize-money, all being effectively.

“We’re hoping for a great run and if he may very well be positioned we’ll be delighted.”

A aggressive area of 16 runners has been declared for the 50,000 euro Tara Handicap Hurdle, with Mengli Khan one in every of 4 runners for Elliott, together with Cracking Sensible, Rely Simon and Current In Courtroom.

His nice rival Willie Mullins has Dolciano Dici and Sayo within the combine, with Joseph O’Brien’s Prime Moon, the Denis Hogan-trained Moskovite and Keith Clarke’s pair of Dom Dolo and Barwell additionally that includes.

4 earlier bumper winners will do battle within the concluding “Future Champions” INH Flat Race, with Ted Walsh’s Dewcup, Elliott’s pair of Pencilfulloflead and Fantasio D’alene and O’Brien’s Uhtred amongst seven runners declared for the Listed contest.

Elliott stated: “Pencilfulloflead is a pleasant horse, however Ted Walsh’s horse appears the one to beat.

“He (Pencilfulloflead) is a horse although we’re actually trying ahead to when he goes leaping and something he does earlier than that may be a bonus.

“The opposite horse (Fantasio D’alene) received beat by Ted’s the final day, so we’ve so much to show it round. I used to be dissatisfied getting beat with him the final day and I might say Ted’s is an excellent horse.”

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