Brelade back in trip and has 'great chance' says Elliott
Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Novice Hurdle | Grade 2 | 2m | 4yo+ | ATR
The top-rated Brelade was far from disgraced when finishing sixth in the Neptune at Cheltenham and Gordon Elliott feels this step back to 2m will suit the five-year-old.
Twice placed at Grade 1 level this term, Brelade is the obvious starting point for this race, while Elliott also runs Chirico Vallis as he bids to follow up the success of Sutton Place 12 months ago.
On the receiving end of that defeat in this race last year was Willie Mullins’ Royal Caviar, but the champion trainer has left no stone unturned as he bids for victory and sends Bleu Berry, Chateau Conti, Montalbano and Riven Light into battle.
Avenir D’Une Vie, formerly trained by Mullins but now in the care of Henry de Bromhead, returns from an absence. Outspoken and Art Of Security complete the field.
What they say
Henry de Bromhead, trainer of Avenir D'Une Vie
He hasn't run for a while but we're happy with him. It's a good race but hopefully he can be involved.
Willie Mullins, trainer of Bleu Berry, Chateau Conti, Montalbano and Riven Light
Ruby [Walsh] has decided to ride Bleu Berry, who goes into the race in good form. I wouldn't discount Paul Townend's mount, Chateau Conti, who won his maiden at Cork before failing to measure up when we ran him in the Grade 1 Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown. We think he's better than that. Montalbano, who is dropping back in distance, and Riven Light, who shows us plenty at home, complete our quartet.
Gordon Elliott, trainer of Brelade and Chirico Vallis
Brelade probably didn’t stay the trip in the Neptune but he’s in super form and this trip will suit him better. He has a great chance. Chirico Vallis will be a lovely horse to go chasing with next year. This is a big step up for him after only winning a maiden but we've always liked him.
Joseph O'Brien, trainer of Outspoken
He ran very well at Naas last month when he was only just beaten by Bleu Berry. He's been in very good form since that run and we're hoping he can put in another good performance.