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Wednesday 23 August 2017

No More Heroes the Festival pick for Elliott

Trainer Gordon Elliott: SPORTSFILE
Trainer Gordon Elliott: SPORTSFILE

No More Heroes, who schooled around Leopardstown with Don Cossack on Sunday, is the horse Gordon Elliott feels is his best chance of a winner at the Cheltenham Festival later this month.

The three-time novice chase winner was successful in Grade One company on each of his last two starts and although Elliott accepts that a clash with Jonjo O'Neill's More Of That wouldn't be an easy proposition, he is excited by what No More Heroes has to offer.

"I'm not sure if No More Heroes should be favourite. More Of That's record around Cheltenham is outstanding and I don't know if there's a horse going there with a better record than him.

Route

"He has won four times around there, including a World Hurdle where he beat Annie Power. If he was to go down the JLT route, I wouldn't be disappointed anyway. No More Heroes has done nothing wrong in his races and was very good around Leopardstown on Sunday, so we are really looking forward to it."

Campeador was one of the best-backed horses for the Cheltenham Festival last week as his price halved from 16/1 into 8/1, but Elliott feels the juvenile will have to improve on his Irish debut if he is going to be winning the Fred Winter.

"I don't back horses and I don't have a clue who has been backing him but he's in good form and he is well at the minute but on his last run at Leopardstown he'd have to improve an awful lot to be winning a Fred Winter. I will have to discuss it with the owner but he'll probably wear a hood."

The Martin Pipe Hurdle is a race that is top of the agenda for Elliott to win as he has a long-standing association with the Pipes and Diamond King, Eshtiaal and Jetstream Jack are amongst those in line to represent him there, while an ex-Pipe inmate, Our Father, is one of his leading fancies in the Kim Muir.

"He is a horse that runs very well fresh so he'll have his first run for us in the Kim Muir. I don't for one second think I'm going to be able to improve him after he's come out of David Pipe's but he might be down off a mark he can be competitive on and Nina Carberry will ride him.

Running

"Jamie Codd won the four-miler on Cause Of Causes last year and he also looks like going for the Kim Muir and I'd love to have the two of them running in it for me."

Codd may also bid for a repeat in the four-miler with Elliott.

The trainer said: "Noble Endeavour is in the handicaps and we'll see what weight he gets but my plan would be to run in the four-miler and Jamie will ride him."

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