Sunday 21 January 2018

No More Heroes to grab Grade One success for Elliott

For yet another season Gordon Elliott's fledging career in the training ranks has seen him outdo his own personal tally.

He'll sign off this campaign with a lot more winners than it took to win a trainers' championship only a decade ago, but to cap all that off he may also walk away with a Grade One success on the second day courtesy of No More Heroes.

The six-year-old has always been held in high regard by his connections but failed to really show his full potential this season.

He was probably a shade unlucky not to finish a bit closer in the Albert Bartlett behind Martello Tower, although it would be unfair to say he'd have ever beaten the winner. however, despite Shaneshill having some very strong form lines, No More Heroes is picked to score on this occasion.

Indeed, the second day of the Irish National Hunt Festival might be a good one for Gigginstown. Aside from the obvious two leading contenders in the Gold Cup, Don Cossack and Road To Riches, elsewhere on the card Prince Of Scars and Identity Thief are two carrying those now famous maroon and white colours that stand out in the Louis Fitzgerald Hurdle.

Prince Of Scars dead-heated to win his maiden at Leopardstown over Christmas and then ran second behind stable companion Phil's Magic at Naas. Although he was no match for Shaneshill last time out, this marks a drop in class for the lovely son of Flemensfirth who may be able to take advantage of that although on jockey bookings he looks the second string with Bryan Cooper opting for Identity Thief.

The Guinness Handicap Chase could be one for export with Warren Greatrex sending over Baby Mix who made an encouraging return to action at Aintree after a lay-off.

Hurricane Ridge ran a blinder for Hayley O'Connor in the Charity Race at Cheltenham and can continue Jessica Harrington's fine run of form in the opener.

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