Sunday 20 October 2019

Three primed for the Festival

Gordon Elliott with Apple's Jade. Photo: Morgan Treacy
Gordon Elliott with Apple's Jade. Photo: Morgan Treacy

Apple's Jade hasn't let us down all year, she's been terrific and she will hopefully be our best chance of a winner at The Festival. I accept that winning the Unibet Champion Hurdle is a big ask, and Buveur D'Air won't be easily beaten, but Apple's Jade has been better than ever and can hopefully continue her winning spree. She's a star.

I was thrilled to see Commander Of Fleet taking the step up in trip in his stride at Leopardstown and I like his chances in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle now. Staying is the name of the game in that race and he has lots of stamina up his sleeve.

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The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle is a race I always have an eye on from a long way out and it was great to win it last year with Blow By Blow. Dallas Des Pictons would look to be our number one hope for this year's race. He's improving with each run and looks tailor-made for the race.

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