Belfast Telegraph

Friday 21 November 2014

Gordon Elliott out to Net further success

Gordon Elliott can continue his excellent recent form by plundering tonight's extended 10-furlong maiden with High Net Worth, his sole runner at Dundalk.

The first fixture of the winter campaign at the Co Louth all-weather facility is typically busy, with five of the eight races featuring reserves and the other three numbering at least a dozen runners each.

Shadagann and Rashfa, representing respective Kildare handlers Mick Halford and Mark Fahey, are among High Net Worth's dangers this evening, with James Lambe's Our Max another to consider.

On the balance of form, though, High Net Worth will take all the beating. A runner-up in each of his last four Flat starts, he has simply looked one-paced in defeat over seven furlongs, latterly losing out to Edge Of Sanity in first-time blinkers here a month ago.

He sports cheek-pieces under Emmet McNamara tonight, but doesn't look ungenuine. The suspicion is that this step up in trip is exactly what he needs, so he appeals as a solid nap option now.

In the opening juvenile maiden, Eddie Lynam has a decent chance with course runner-up Lady Mega under 10lb claimer Robbie Downey, while the newly crowned champion apprentice Connor King gets the nod to take division one of the six-furlong handicap aboard Great Ability.

Tom Hogan's charge is pretty consistent, and this drop back from a mile could be in his favour.

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