Sunday 18 February 2018

High Net Worth can prove value for Elliott

Trainer Gordon Elliott
Trainer Gordon Elliott
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

On a low-key Flat spread at Down Royal this evening, British import High Net Worth is trusted to justify the nap vote for Gordon Elliott and Emmet McNamara.

A full-brother to the smart Chester Cup winner Address Unknown, the son of Oasis Dream just failed to get up on its second run for Ed Walker at Lingfield in December. He drops from a mile to seven furlongs now on his first start for Elliott in the Irish Stallion Farms Maiden, but the suspicion is that he will have the class required to win.

This isn't a great race, with Dermot Weld, who used to train Address Unknown, responsible for the main threat, the once-raced Tabaary. A staying-on fourth to Royal Empress in a pretty decent Curragh maiden – in which the reopposing Wexford Opera was third – Tabaary has scope to improve and push Elliott's only runner hard.

In the NICFC Apprentices' Handicap, Jessica Harrington's Banker Burke could have a big say on the back of a reasonable effort in better company at Killarney. Seventh there on its handicap bow behind solid handicappers like Long Journey Home, Shalaman, Hisaabaat and the subsequent Galway winner Bint Nayef, the Big Bad Bob three-year-old is three pounds lower here.

Add in that Ray Dawson takes two pounds off and Banker Burke might be well in on what is just his sixth career start.

In the earlier Reiss Handicap, Sabrina Harty and Rory Cleary can continue their respective fruitful campaigns courtesy of Have A Nice Day, while He's Our Man is fancied in the Victoria Square Ulster Cesarewitch.

In running out a popular winner for the husband and wife combination of Ross O'Sullivan and Katie Walsh at Killarney, He's Our Man just denied the 89-rated Marchese Marconi when receiving six pounds.

He steps into handicap company now off 78, which looks a favourable mark if he performs to the full of his ability.

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