Elliott out for Punchestown spoils

Wed 15th Oct 2014, 09:54

photoGordon Elliott
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The Follow Us On Twitter And Facebook Rated Hurdle and the Panoramic Restaurant Raceday Hospitality Beginners Chase are the races that grab the attention at Punchestown.

These events will see small fields compete and in-form trainer Gordon Elliott is represented in both.

The chasing debut of his Gigginstown House Stud-owned Un Beau Matin, in the latter contest, is one of the most interesting aspects of the programme.

Bryan Cooper continues to ease his way back into action on this card, with a couple of mounts, but he leaves the way clear for Kevin Sexton to ride Un Beau Matin.

The course winning grey, rated 138 from his hurdling days, could certainly make an impression in this sphere.

The Job Is Right opposes and was rated 10Ib inferior over flights, but despite uninspiring recent form figures he is expected to show up very prominently.

This fellow, another grey, is well-regarded by his trainer, Michael Hourigan, and though he starts off over racecourse fences here, he has picked up jumping know-how from his point-to-point days.

Hourigan already has the 'four-miler' at Cheltenham in mind for his charge who is reported to jump well.

The County Limerick handler won the National Hunt Chase for the same owners with Deejaydee back in 1999 andp>The Job Is Right is viewed as "a horse that could develop into a grand staying chaser in time."

Sizing Solution trumps both Un Beau Matin andp>The Job Is Right in terms of experience and he might now also be helped by the addition of cheek-pieces.

Meanwhile Bryan Cooper takes the reins for his mentor, Dessie Hughes, on Art Of Payroll in the Follow Us On Twitter And Facebook Rated Hurdle.

In this two miler John McConnell's Listowel Festival Lartigue Hurdle hero Orgilgo Bay could be difficult to upstage.

Ruby Walsh makes his only appearance of the day on Willie Mullins' Shamar while the quartet that compete for his lucrative prize is completed by Taglietelle.

Hourigan in no rush with Brown

Michael Hourigan plans to give Hash Brown a break following his runaway victory at Limerick last weekend.

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