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Elliott living the dream

Gordon Elliott believes he has a fine chasing prospect in Jessies Dream following a smooth victory on his reappearance at Galway on Monday.

The Grade One Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse or a three-mile novice event at Cheltenham next month beckons for the seven-year-old, who carries the familiar colours of David Johnson.

"He's come out of the race fine, he's 100%. He's a nice horse if everything stays right with him, and we think a lot of him," said the County Meath trainer.

"He'll either go to Cheltenham next or to Fairyhouse. I'll have to talk to the owner."

Berties Dream, who was fourth behind Jessies Dream at Galway, could renew rivalry in the same three-mile novice chase at Cheltenham.

His trainer Paul Gilligan was delighted with last season's Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle winner on his chasing debut.

"It was a super run and I'm more than happy with him. He's come out of the race very well," said the Athenry handler.

"It was a great first run over fences. He wouldn't have been fully wound up. We are concentrating more on later in the season for him. It's exciting at the moment.

"If all goes well he will go for the three-mile novice at Cheltenham in November."


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