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Downpatrick preview

Updated: Sunday, 24 Aug 2014 19:18 | Comments

The first race is at 2.30pm
The first race is at 2.30pm

Gordon Elliott sends a strong team of runners to Downpatrick, kicking off with Landau in the opening Botanica International Natural Herbal Products Maiden Hurdle at 2.30pm.

After a couple of solid efforts in defeat on the level, the four-year-old filled second spot over timber at Tramore and looks to have Captain Carleton and Burnt Sienna to beat in this.

Drunken Counsel is Elliott's next runner, with the five-year-old looking to take advantage of a career-low mark in the Paddy Galbraith Memorial Handicap Hurdle, though with Mosman Park advertising his wellbeing with a second over course and distance recently, it could be a tough task.

There's not a lot to recommend Crown Theatre as he was heavily beaten in a bumper on his debut under Rules, but Elliott may have found an opening for him in the Al Aasfa 2 Stables Dubai Maiden Hurdle.

There are question marks over all his opponents, with perhaps Ballinrobe fourth Effernock Lad and The Cub, who fell when last seen, the most dangerous.

Tico faces a very tough task for Elliott in the Al Aasfa Best Dressed Lady Win A Trip To Meydan Races Dubai Handicap Hurdle, especially with Coldstonesober, second on his last two starts, and Hero De Villeneuve in opposition.

The trainer's final runner on the card comes in the Fran And Maree Murrin Memorial Cup Maiden Hurdle with Tom's Article, who has a bumper win at this track to his name but was pulled up on his hurdling bow here last time.

That could mean course second Better Back Bob and Tramore runner-up Buster Dan Dan could prove safer alternatives, though Stay Tuned has shown some solid form over timber and in bumpers.

Lucky Pigeon was an emphatic winner at Kilbeggan on Friday and bids for a repeat performance under a 4lb penalty in the Willie Murphy Jewellers, Downpatrick Handicap Hurdle.

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