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Gordon Elliott hoping for Leopardstown rain ahead of Don Poli Gold run

Gordon Elliott is hoping to see plenty of rain for Don Poli ahead of the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown on February 12.

The eight-year-old was pulled up on his first start for Elliott at Down Royal in November, but put that well behind him when finding only stablemate Outlander too good in the Lexus Chase at Christmas.

Owned by Gigginstown House Stud, Don Poli was third to Don Cossack in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last season when trained by Willie Mullins.

Elliott said: "Don Poli will come back for the Irish Gold Cup. The more rain that comes, the better for him.

"I couldn't be happier with him. He was hunting on Thursday and was winging ditches, so he is grand."