A big field and several with chances in what looks a good handicap hurdle which has previously seen only three horses carry eleven-stone or more to success over the past decade. Wolf Prince looks interesting for Gavin Cromwell following good juvenile form last season and will be fit following a recent third on the flat. However, the consistent GETAWAY GORGEOUS gets the verdict following a cracking battle with Drop The Anchor at Listowel last month. The Willie Mullins trained six-year-old should go close here following previously good form lines with Barrington Court and The Very Man – he’s a solid each-way contender.
TOUT EST PERMIS has plenty to find on official ratings against the likes of Delta Work, Presenting Percy and Chris’s Dream but could knock on the door for the in-form Noel Meade. The former Troytown winner has been mixing his starts between hurdles and fences in recent seasons and finished third in the Pertemps at Cheltenham in March. There are several positives for a good run, including his comeback second earlier this month at Punchestown with race fitness now on his side against the big three.
Elsewhere, Noel Meade is flying at present with his yard in excellent form, while his record in this race reads extremely well for the Gigginstown team. Road To Riches was successful here in 2014 with Road To Respect securing back to back wins over the past two-years and remember another Michael O’Leary horse, Outlander caused an upset here at a big price in 2017. Delta Work is the horse to beat with new stable-mate Presenting Percy and Chris’s Dream for Henry de Bromhead his biggest dangers, but if anything goes wrong with them, hopefully Tout Est Permis can benefit and run well.
PARANOID can secure back to back wins for his new trainer Gordon Elliott has he reverts to fences following his recent success over hurdles at Galway. He showed his battling qualities at Ballybrit on his first start for Elliott having been off the track since last December. The six-year-old raced against Minella Fair and Battleoverdoyen in novice company over fences and is rated 112 on his handicap chase debut, two-pounds higher to his win at Galway. The step up to three-miles looks a positive in a race which was won for the past four seasons by horses carrying under eleven-stone to victory.
Like many of these races at Down Royal from Friday into Saturday, Gordon Elliott has dominated this closing bumper and should win it again this Saturday afternoon. The Elliott team has won this race for the past five-years and six-times in the previous seven-seasons with Death Duty and Malone Road among those winners. The Elliott / Cheveley Park combination will win this race with SIR GERHARD, who looked a smart prospect when winning his sole point-to-point in impressive fashion last November. The opposition doesn’t look the strongest on paper and despite being a short-price, Sir Gerhard will complete another victory in the Gordon Elliott Show at Down Royal.
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