Gordon Elliott, trainer of Jury Duty and Mossback
Jury Duty would prefer less testing ground, but he's in very good form and has a top man [Jamie Codd] on his back.
looked the most likely winner when coming down at the last back at Naas 15 days later, as Moulin A Vent beat my selection's stablemate Jury Duty.
Jury Duty ran well in the Pertemps last year and this race looks ideal for him, while soft ground would really suit Mossback
An insider would have a harder--although not impossible--time curbing Mossback
because of the history between himself, Mossback
He's seemed in good form since and Mossback
was upsides him at the last when he fell and was running a big race.
However, a chance is taken on Mossback
who held every chance when falling at the last in a three-mile Grade 3 at Naas last month.
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And Elliott has finalised riding arrangements for his three runners in the National Hunt Chase, which he won with Tiger Roll last year - Jury Duty (Jamie Codd), Fagan (Barry O'Neill) and Mossback
Elliott said recent Thyestes Chase winner Monbeg Notorious is a possible runner, while he could saddle Mossback
, a finalfence faller in a Grade 3 novice chase at Naas when last seen, along with Woods Well, Space Cadet, Out Sam and the 2014 winner Folsom Blue.
Elliott then struck with Mossback
, who made a mockery of his 33/1 starting price to win a strong looking beginners chase.
The man who is currently leading the Irish trainers' championship by more than half a million euros is also represented by Mossback
, who has a win over Snow Falcon to his name over fences this season.
And his overall chase form entitles him to the vote, despite the task of conceding 8lb to the other chase winners in the field, stable-companion MOSSBACK
, LIVELOVELAUGH and MOULIN A VENT.