Gordon Elliott is pleased to let Delta Work clash together with his new stable companion Presenting Percy in the Ladbrokes Champion Chase with Down Royal.
Delta Work finished a disappointing 4th in the first Grade One of the Irish National Hunt season last phrase, but raised his game to finish a top-level double with wins in the Savills Chase and the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown.
The Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding rounded off his advertising campaign by finishing fifth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and Elliott expectations he can find the necessary improvement to visit even closer in the blue riband next March.
“To be only be beaten 6 lengths in the Gold Cup, with all the way he jumped, I thought has been very good, ” said the Cullentra handler.
“He’s just seven, so he’s still a new horse – and I haven’t abadndoned him yet.
“If his jumping brushes up, your dog is in the mix. ”
Presenting Percy has never quite appeared the same horse since his spectacular display in the RSA Chase on the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.
Not too far behind Delta Operate both races at Leopardstown final season, however , the nine-year-old has been making late headway when dropping two fences from home in the Precious metal Cup at Cheltenham – and it has since joined Elliott from Dab Kelly’s yard.
Elliott will train Presenting Percy for your Gold Cup, but also views your pet as a live Grand National challenger.
“The race with Down Royal (on Ocotber 31) is a Grade One, so I had created have no problem running the two of them — and I could run two or three a lot more with them, ” he added.
“Presenting Percy is an equine I’ve always looked up to plus said ‘he’s a horse you needed love to have’. I’m very fortunate to have him.
“He probably has to improve half the stone to be a Gold Cup equine, but he ran well inside a couple of those races in Leopardstown last year and was running a great race in the Gold Cup whenever he came down.
“To me, he has Grand Nationwide written all over him. He’s a great jumper who has a bit of class.
“I’d love to win the Gold Cup with him — but if that didn’t happen, the particular Grand National is in the back associated with my head. ”
Elliott already houses a dual Fantastic National winner, of course , in the greatly popular Tiger Roll.
The 10-year-old holds an admittance on the Flat at Navan upon Thursday, but appears unlikely to consider up the engagement.
Elliott said: “I stuck him in only to keep my options open, yet I don’t know if I’ll operate him.
“If the floor is good up in Down Regal I’d run him in the large race (Ladbrokes Champion Chase) right now there as well – if not I might maintain him for the Boyne Hurdle within Navan.
“He’s within great form, and has been the particular horse of a lifetime.
“If everything goes well, we’re going dream about going back to Aintree this year. ”
Three various other Elliott stars set to reappear from Down Royal are Envoi Allen, Abacadabras and Samcro.
Envoi Allen is due to make their debut over fences at the Lisburn circuit; Champion Hurdle aspirant Abacadabras is pencilled in to contest the particular WKD Hurdle, and Samcro is certainly bound for a Grade Two run after for second-season novices.
Elliott said of Envoi Allen: “He was bought to be a Precious metal Cup horse, and that’s the way we’ll train him.
“He doesn’t do anything flashy in your own home – he’s just the real issue when he gets on to the monitor.
“I’m looking forward to beginning him off in Down Regal. He’s going to come on from it – when he’s going to be the horse we think they are, he should be winning in Straight down Royal. ”
Abacadabras was last seen going down by simply a short head to Nicky Henderson’s Shishkin in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, whilst Samcro bounced back to his better to beat the Willie Mullins-trained set of Melon and Faugheen in a titanic ship tussle for the Marsh Novices’ Run after.
“I think Abacadabras has improved – he’s more powerful looking. We’ve never really had excellent two milers, but this equine is pretty quick, ” said Elliott.
“Samcro is a very great horse, and I’ve been lucky to get him.
“Everyone states him winning at Cheltenham was obviously a great training feat, and it had been grand – but for me, operating him in Limerick on that will heavy ground at Christmas (when second to Faugheen) was a horrible training decision.
“I’m not going to make that mistake this season – if there’s heavy within the going, he won’t run.
“I’d say he’ll visit Down Royal, then the John Durkan, the Kinloch Brae and then the particular Ryanair Chase in Cheltenham. He could probably have an entry in the Ruler George as well, but that’s the things i have in my head at the moment. inch
When asked exactly what his one wish would be for that 2020/21 National Hunt season, Elliott did not hesitate in saying: “To be champion trainer.
“It was heart-breaking to get defeat by Willie in the final 7 days of the season at Punchestown within 2018 and in 2019 – we all just got beat as well. Ideally it’ll happen some day, and if this ever does I’ll really be thankful.
“I think when you are training horses, if you don’t want to be champ trainer, why would you do it? In the event you one trainer with an ambition associated with training 20 or 30 winners annually and another who wants to be champ trainer, I know who I’d like to possess a horse with.
“We’re very lucky to have the amount of race horses we have – hopefully we can place them in one piece and have a good season. inch