Leading trainer Gordon Elliott was part of a terrific Cheltenham Preview Evening in London last night which was staged in conjunction with us at Myracing and the Racing Post.
The preview was full of terrific insight from some of the sharpest minds in racing, including the odd bombshell – namely Envoi Allen’s apparent switch to the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
When offered a charity bet by sponsors Betfair – Gordon Elliott put up an advised Lucky 15 which features four of his strongest chances at next week’s Cheltenham Festival.
Betfair allowed Gordon Elliott £10 each-way (£300 stake) – which if lands – will pay out an eye-watering £238,926.36! See below which horses he nominated.
Tronador – Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Gordon Elliott sent out 33/1 shot Veneer Of Charm to land the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle in 2018, and running in the same silks of M J Wasylocha, he is represented in this year’s renewal by Tronador.
This son of Lope De Vega had some respectable form to his name on the level for David Lanigan last year, but he has improved since sent hurdling for these connections – running out an impressive winner at Thurles in January on just his second start over timber.
He was far from disgraced when third behind stablemate Floueur at Elliott’s local track Navan afterwards, and now back against his own age group – starting life handicapping in this sphere off what looks a potentially lenient opening mark – he holds obvious claims.
Queens Brook – Weatherbys Champion Bumper
Gordon Elliott has won two of the last three renewals of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, and he nominated Queens Brook as his strongest chance of enhancing that record on Wednesday.
This five-year-old by Shirocco looked a potentially high-class mare when pulling clear to score by a whopping twenty-one-length margin on her stable debut at Gowran last month.
The seven-pound mares’ allowance that she receives looks invaluable in a race as competitive as the Champion Bumper and all ground seems to come alike to her – so it would be no shock to see her put up a bold showing.
Fury Road – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
One of the few Cheltenham Festival races to elude Gordon Elliott has been the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, which he came agonisingly close to landing last year with Commander Of Fleet.
Running in the same famous maroon and white Gigginstown silks for this year’s renewal, he is represented by the six-year-old Fury Road.
A winner of his first three starts over hurdles, Fury Road was a beaten favourite in Grade 1 company at the Dublin Racing Festival last time out, but connections will be hoping that the return to softer ground and step back up in trip will see him put up a much-improved performance at Cheltenham next week.
Delta Work – Cheltenham Gold Cup
Gordon Elliott’s final selection in his Lucky 15 charity bet is Delta Work in the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Having finished third in last season’s RSA Chase behind the reopposing Santini, Delta Work has seen his form improve this campaign, building on a modest seasonal reappearance at Down Royal to land Grade 1’s at Leopardstown the last twice.
Winner of the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle at this meeting back in 2018, Delta Work looks a major player in his bid to provide Elliott with his second Gold Cup win after the victory of Don Cossack (2016).
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