Faraway Mountain can cap Downpatrick treble for Elliott
Gordon Elliott sends a typically strong team to Downpatrick today and his Faraway Mountain is fancied to justify nap billing in the bumper.
A seven-year-old that made its belated debut at Gowran Park on October 2, Faraway Mountain lost little in defeat on that occasion. He was ultimately no match for the odds-on Willie Mullins-trained newcomer Snag List, but he still kept her honest.
Crucially, Faraway Mountain drew 13 lengths clear of the third Lion's Choice, which had won a point-to-point on its previous outing.
He clearly has ability, so he can go one better in what is a modest contest under Luke McGuinness, whose only track victory to date came aboard his uncle Ado's Oakfield Rose in a similar event here back in July. Elliott might also take the two opening races with John Monash and Baroque Style.
John Monash is not one to trust but he might simply be too good in what is a poor maiden hurdle, while Baroque Style must concede weight all round in the following handicap hurdle. He reappeared for the first time since March 2014 at Punchestown on Wednesday, when he tired en route to finishing third. That was understandable in the circumstances, and Elliott clearly feels it is worth turning him out again quickly, doubtless aware that this is another moderate contest.
With the excellent Jack Kennedy taking five pounds off, Baroque Style should win if he doesn't "bounce". Elliott and Bryan Cooper will also have a big say with Altiepix in the longer maiden hurdle, but preferred in that is Barrack Street. Keith Clarke's charge has run to a decent standard to be placed here on its last three starts so he deserves a rub of the green.
At Dundalk, Even Song, a Ballydoyle newcomer in the two-year-old fillies' maiden, is a three-parts sister to the St Leger heroine Simple Verse. She will be one to monitor in the betting, but David Wachman's The Yellow Bus has shown some decent track form.