13:50 Down Royal
The powerhouse yard of Gordon Elliott have got much bigger plans and aspirations over the coming months but can get the season off to a great start by adding another yard success to that of Envoi Allen’s yesterday. Elliott sends out four runners into the third race on the card here at Down Royal but it’s not one of his more obvious charge that gets my vote. The best of Elliott’s quartet, according to the bookmakers, is The Very Man. The six year old went on a four race winning run before failing to deliver in a Grade 3 contest at Tipperary on return to action earlier this month. A drop back to handicap company is going to be of benefit but with a lot of weight to carry others make much more appeal.
The likeliest of challengers comes in the form of Getaway Gorgeous and Cayd Boy with both never finishing outside of the top two in their combined fourteen race careers. The duo are vying for favouritism along with the ultra consistent Wolf Prince who shouldn’t be ignored either.
All of the above being said however it’s an outsider at a big price that could provide a shock on this seven race card.
CAMPEADOR needs to improve markedly on his last effort but a return to this shorter trip should certainly help the JP McManus owned runner. At his best he’s competed at Grade 1 level and won off a handicap mark of 145. He lines up with a rating of 130 and if he recaptures any of the form that saw him win previously he should be more than capable of mixing it with some of the best in this race. At a massive price he could spring a massive shock.
CAMPEADOR written by Rory Paddock