Sport Horse Racing

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Elliott's charges face off at Leopardstown

Elliott is also planning to run Gowran Park scorer Flat To The Max, Coko Beach – a winner over hurdles in France – and Smiling Eliza. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Elliott is also planning to run Gowran Park scorer Flat To The Max, Coko Beach – a winner over hurdles in France – and Smiling Eliza. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Stable companions Chief Justice and Coeur Sublime will renew rivalry in the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day.

Coeur Sublime was bought for €260,000 after beating subsequent Royal Ascot runner-up and St Leger third Southern France on his sole Flat start for Peter Fahey and made a winning hurdling debut for Gordon Elliott at Down Royal.

He was a hot favourite to follow up in a Grade Three at Fairyhouse earlier this month, but was narrowly beaten by the more experienced Chief Justice and the pair do battle again on day one of the Christmas festival.

Elliott is also planning to run Gowran Park scorer Flat To The Max, Coko Beach - a winner over hurdles in France - and Smiling Eliza.

Willie Mullins also has a strong hand, with Paul Townend seemingly preferring French recruit La Sorelita to Cork winner Maze Runner. Jessica Harrington's Punchestown winner Got Trumped is another to feature in an 11-strong field.

Mullins will take the wraps off Klassical Dream in the opening Tote Pays Dividends Maiden Hurdle. The four-year-old finished fourth in a Grade One at Auteuil last year and will be well fancied.

The champion trainer has Defy De Mee in the following Thorntons Recycling Maiden Hurdle, but of more interest is Martin Brassil's City Island.

The Punchestown bumper winner passed the post in front on his hurdling bow at the Galway Festival, but was later disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance.

As a result he can line up in another maiden hurdle and is likely to take plenty of beating.

Several previous winners contest the Sky Sports Racing Novice Handicap Hurdle. Aforementioned is an obvious player for Joseph O'Brien after making a winning hurdling debut at Limerick, while Sir Benford Wales is on a hat-trick for Henry de Bromhead.

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