Pete So High spearheads twin-pronged Elliott attack

Saturday, Feb 10 2018

Pete So High and Schindlers Ark give Gordon Elliott a strong hand in the Naas RFC Supported By Profile Systems Rated Novice Hurdle on Saturday.

A field of five four-year-olds has been declared for the €18,500 prize, and title-chasing Elliott fires a twin assault.

Jack Kennedy takes the ride on the Gigginstown House Stud-owned Pete So High. After opening his account over hurdles at the third attempt with a taking Thurles success, the former Richard Hannon runner is likely to be popular ahead of a possible Fred Winter tilt at next month's Cheltenham Festival.

Schindlers Ark has run just once over jumps, passing the post second at Cork in January before being promoted to the number one spot.

He has the assistance of 7lb claimer Liam McKenna for his latest assignment and merits respect.

Allardyce has been placed on his last seven outings in bumpers and hurdle races combined. He is probably not one to take short odds about, but sets a decent standard in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle.

The Friends Of Naas RFC Handicap Chase looks an open contest, with Jessica Harrington's recent Fairyhouse winner Close Shave taken on by eight opponents including Tom Taaffe's Peoples Park, Elliott's Wishmoor and the Mouse Morris-trained Bilko.

Epicuris gets a second chance to prove his worth over jumps in the Paddy Hackett Memorial Maiden Hurdle.

Fifth in the 2015 Epsom Derby behind Golden Horn, the son of Rail Link could only occupy the same finishing position on his National Hunt debut at Limerick over the Festive period, but could improve significantly for the experience.

Balliniska Band is worth watching on his debut for Charles Byrnes in the Bank of Ireland Kildare Supporting Naas RFC (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race. His half-brother Lough Derg Farmer runs against Barters Hill at Newbury, while another half-brother, Gowiththeflow, scored at Doncaster on Thursday.

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