Horse Racing

Gordon Elliott: The top Irish trainer gives us the lowdown on his runners at Ballinrobe and Leopardstown on Saturday

THE JUMPS season is about to get going good and proper and who better to hear from than Gordon Elliott.

The top Irish trainer is ready to rumble and the Betfair ambassador fills us in on his Ballinrobe and Leopardstown runners on Saturday.

Betfair ambassador Elliott has five runners on Saturday

Best Bet – Zanahiyr (13.05 Ballinrobe)

13.05 Ballinrobe – Zanahiyr

He looked a nice, progressive sort on the flat for Michael Halford and we bought him after he won his maiden at Fairyhouse in the summer and he had a little break after that.

He has schooled well and is working nicely and I’m hoping that he will make up into a decent juvenile hurdler. He’s going to improve for this run and the experience but he should still give a good account of himself. 

13.55 Ballinrobe – Sheer Liss

She came to us after she won her bumper at Down Royal during the summer and I was delighted with her first run for us in a Listed bumper at Gowran a couple of weeks ago when she was second to a decent mare of Willie’s.

She has plenty of point-to-point experience which should help her for her first run over hurdles and she shapes like a mare who will stay well which is why we have upped her to this trip. I’m hoping she will be the one to beat here. 

14.40 Ballinrobe – The Sliding Rock

I probably made a mistake running her back at Downpatrick last time as it came up quick enough after her last run and she just seemed to labour through the race although if she hadn’t made a mistake at the wrong time she would have run better.

On her two previous starts she would have a definite chance and she is a solid sort who stays well so I’d like to think that she is lining up with a very solid chance.

13.50 Leopardstown – Catherine Chroi

She has shown me more than she has shown on the track so I’m hoping to see her take a step forward here.

Her second run at Roscommon was reasonably encouraging and would suggest that she should be competitive in a race such as this so I’m hoping that she could get involved. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see her run well. 

17.15 Leopardstown – Ardamir

He has done quite well for us over hurdles and won a nice pot at Bellewstown in the summer and also won again at Ballinrobe the following month.

I think the handicapper could just have him over hurdles so we are switching to the flat where I think he could make his mark in a handicap. We’ve put blinkers on him to sharpen him up and even though he has a wide draw I could see him running a decent race. 

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