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Monday, 12 November, 2018

Elliott hoping return to scene of success can reignite Water Sprite

Galway Plate winning rider Mark Enright again on duty for Gordon Elliott at Tramore
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6.50 Tramore
Assembly Techniques Handicap | 4yo+ | 2m | ATR

The versatile Water Sprite has raced on the Flat only once since winning this event last year and she will be seeking a repeat off a mark 1lb lower than 12 months ago.

The seven-year-old's trainer Gordon Elliott said of Mark Enright's mount: "She's in good order but her form over hurdles and fences this year has been disappointing and we're just hoping that going back to Tramore might help her rediscover her old form, and that she'll improve from her last run at Galway."

Eoin Doyle, trainer of St Lawrence Gap, who has twice won over hurdles at the track and who finished third in this race a year ago, said: "He came out of his hurdle run at Galway well and was probably a bit unlucky there as he missed the second-last when in contention.

"He seems in good form and we know he likes the track so we're hopeful of a good show." 

The Eoin Doyle-trained St Lawrence Gap has a good record at Thurles

Without a win on the Flat for close on three years, Shadagann showed signs of a revival on his most recent start when staying on well for third over this trip at the Curragh last month, and trainer Michael Halford believes the eight-year-old will have plenty going for him.

Halford said: "We were delighted with him at the Curragh and if he reproduces that run it will give him a great chance of winning what is a good pot. No stalls is always a plus for him and he should handle the track. Ben Coen claiming 7lb will help."

Willie Mullins, who is represented by the four-year-old Small Bit Of Love, said: "She has been running well and the trip and the sharper track compared to Leopardstown, where she ran last time, should suit her."

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We're just hoping that going back to Tramore might help her rediscover her old form and that she'll improve from her last run at Galway
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