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IT MAY BE ONE ELL OF A DAY! IRISH RACING Trainer Gordon could make plenty of hay at Navan.


GORDON Elliott could be the man to follow on an interesting pre-Christmas card at Navan where the trainer field a number of strong contenders throughout the day.

At a track where he tends to excel, Elliott could have up to four winners and he will be hoping to carry off the featured Tara Handicap Hurdle for the third year in succession.

This year Elliott fields five runners for the [euro]50,000 contest and it is easy enough to discount several of them.

However, a case can be made for Stooshie who hasn't won as many races as he should have.

This gelding started his season with a couple of encouraging runs in defeat, but he has found the going tougher on his last two outings.

The step up to two and a half miles will suit him well though and he actually showed up well in a high-class handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse two weeks ago. He was beaten less than 10 lengths by Wonder Laish that day and, given that he will improve over this longer trip, he can go close.

Elliott unveils a potentially classy novice in the opening maiden hurdle, where Battleoverdoyen takes his chance.

This gelding looked very good when he won his point-to-point, but he missed last season and only got to the track at Punchestown a couple of weeks ago.

The wait proved to be worthwhile as he produced a very nice effort to register a commanding victory in what looked a useful bumper.

Provided the Doyen gelding takes to jumping he should be able to make it two wins from as many starts.

Another fascinating Elliott runner is Envoi Allen, who bids to make it two wins from as many starts in the Listed bumper.

The former point-to-pointer was all the rage for his debut at Fairyhouse a couple of weeks ago and he turned in a smart display to win well.

He looks a potentially high-class sort and even though his future lies over jumps he should be able to notch up another bumper triumph.

Perhaps the most interesting race of the day is the Grade 2 novice hurdle, where the Joseph O'Brien-trained Rhinestone is the choice.

He was a high-class bumper horse last season and a recent debut success over hurdles would indicate that he should be just as good over timber.

In an open race, a case could be made for a number of his rivals with last month's course and distance Grade 2 winner Easy Game appealing as a likely threat.

In the rated novice, chaser Stowaway Forever makes plenty of appeal following his showing in a decent handicap chase at Fairyhouse last month.


THE TRAINED EYE Gordon Elliott has a great record at Navan and he's the man to follow this afternoon

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 16, 2018
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