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Jack can deny Festival hero Elliott

By Ron McKnight

Gordon Elliott will attempt to add the Toals Bookmakers Ulster National to Cheltenham Gold Cup glory when Downpatrick stage their premier fixture tomorrow featuring the Ulster Grand National sponsored by Toals Bookmakers.

Elliott won the Gold Cup yesterday at his first attempt with Don Cossack and has four engaged tomorrow while Larne trainer Stuart Crawford has a trio entered.

Riverside City won the race last year and attempts back-to-back victories for Elliott who also has Definite Ruby, Unic de Bersy and Nickname Exit, the mount of yesterday's Gold Cup winning jockey Bryan Cooper.

Crawford - who had a Cheltenham Festival third place with Legacy Gold on Tuesday - won the Ulster National in 2014 with Hidden Horizons and has Glenquest, Trucking Along and Yes Tom in tomorrow's big race.

Yes Tom stayed on to claim a third place at Down Royal on St Patrick's Day while Glenquest relishes a real test and finished third in the Welsh Grand National in 2014.

Topper Thornton represents Colin McBratney who had to settle for the runner-up spot in the Cheltenham Foxhunters yesterday with Marito - the Crossgar trainer's third placed effort in the race in the past three years.

The Noel Meade-trained Tulsa Jack won the Cork National in October and is another which will appreciate the three and a half mile trip.

The Mooch warrants consideration having finished runner-up to Colms Dream last time and the winner then cantering to victory at Down Royal three days ago.

Futuramic has been placed twice behind Venitien De Mai on recent efforts and connections have booked Davy Russell, the top jockey twice on the scoreboard at the Cheltenham Festival this week.

In an ultra-competitive renewal of the Toals National the drying ground conditions could prove a major factor and Tulsa Jack is taken to deny Riverside City a repeat success for owner JP McManus and teenage jockey Jack Kennedy.

The Toals Rated Hurdle is a high class competitive contest and Elliott's De Plotting Shed should triumph.

Irish Champion trainer Willie Mullins, who dominated the Cheltenham Festival with seven winners, can register another winner in the bumper with Master Of Verse.

TOMORROW'S DOWNPATRICK TIPS: 2.20 Kashmiri Sunset 2.55 De Plotting Shed 3.30 Black Ice 4.05 Tulsa Jack 4.35 Waltz Legend 5.05 Chosen Dream 5.35 Master Of Verse

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