Elliott points the way to festival four-miler for in-form Jury Duty
Woodlands Park 100 Club Novice Chase | 3m | 5yo+, Grade 3 | ATR
Gordon Elliott is in no doubt about which race Jury Duty should go for at the Cheltenham Festival.
"I would say the four-miler would look the ideal race for Jury Duty," said Elliott of the seven-year-old who is still available at 12-1 with some firms for the festival marathon.
Victory here would see these odds shorten significantly as he is already a Grade 2 winner this season and only found the mare Shattered Love too hot to handle in the Grade 1 Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown's Christmas festival.
"Jury Duty seems to be in great form and this looks a nice race for him. He should run his race," Elliott added.
The man who is currently leading the Irish trainers' championship by over half a million Euros is also represented by Mossback, who has a win over Snow Falcon to his name over fences this season.
Elliott said: "Mossback was a bit disappointing at Punchestown but the form of his novice chase win looks good and 3m on a track like this will play more to his strengths."
Willie Mullins has a whole host of novice chasers at his disposal so the fact that he relies upon Livelovelaugh speaks for itself.
Having chased home The Storyteller in a hot beginners' chase at Fairyhouse on his chasing debut, Livelovelaugh showed the benefit of that experience to score impressively from the front at Cork last time and Mullins is hopeful of a bold showing.
Mullins said: "Livelovelaugh got off the mark over fences at the second attempt when winning over 2m4f at Cork three weeks ago and attempts to follow up.
"Although there are only five runners it looks very competitive. We don't think the step up to three miles will be a problem for him and if he jumps as well as he did at Cork he should go close."
Moulin A Vent blotted his copybook in the Grade 1 that Jury Duty was runner-up in at Leopardstown, but looked good when winning at Fairyhouse prior to that and would be a major player if returning to that sort of form. Blinkers are tried for the first time.
Trainer Noel Meade said: "Moulin A Vent seemed to concentrate better in blinkers when we schooled him the other day so that is why he is wearing them. He made a bad mistake at Leopardstown which ended any chance he had and he seems in great form at home now."
The quintet is completed by rank outsider De Danu's Bach.
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