Aussie & Dutch ready to raid
G'Day Aussie and Dutch Uncle are Chris Wilson's top picks for success on Sunday's racecards.
Brian Ellison: Trains G'Day Aussie
FAKENHAM: 12.40 Taurian, 1.10 Soupy Soups, 1.45 Drumlee Lad, 2.20 G'DAY AUSSIE (NAP), 2.50 Northandsouth, 3.20 Third Estate.
LINGFIELD: 12.25 Monteamiata, 12.55 Zamjar, 1.30 Mamoo, 2.05 Dutch Uncle, 2.35 Plutocracy, 3.05 Jersey Bull, 3.35 Hidden Gem.
NAVAN: 12.15 Cilaos Emery, 12.45 Death Duty, 1.20 Clarcam, 1.55 Stoneford, 2.25 Cassells Rock, 2.55 Effernock Lad, 3.25 Good Thyne Tara.
THURLES: 12.30 A Sizing Network, 1.00 Spancil Hill, 1.35 Getoutwhenyoucan, 2.10 Asthuria, 2.40 Draycott Place, 3.10 Dounikos, 3.40 Sharps Choice.
Brian Ellison looks to have found the right race at Fakenham for G'Day Aussie.
The three-year-old is the youngest horse in the Racing At Fakenham New Year's Day Handicap Hurdle, but a potential lack of worldliness is offset by a dearth of credible opposition.
Ellison's inmate stealthily came to the boil this autumn before he was sent into battle at Sedgefield on October 27.
The result was pretty conclusive, too, as G'Day Aussie fairly glided home in a two-mile-one-furlong handicap hurdle.
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It is highly unlikely the form from that 15-length success will mean a great deal as the months continue to roll by, but the Ellison runner stood out as being better than average.
G'Day Aussie must handle a sizeable hike in the handicap, but he still gets loads of weight off all bar one of the 10 runners, who are either badly exposed or badly out of form.
Drumlee Lad could be the one in the At The Races Handicap Chase.
Johnny Farrelly's six-year-old won convincingly on his fencing debut at Sedgefield in November, but he was a bit slip-shod in the jumping department on his next outing at Doncaster a few weeks later.
Be that as it may, Drumlee Lad still finished second behind the useful Gold Present in a two-mile-three-furlong limited handicap for novices and strikes as being a horse that will make significant improvement with more experience.
Dutch Uncle can be backed to go well in the Betway Handicap at Lingfield.
The Ed Dunlop-trained four-year-old struggled in good company since winning a nice race in May, but he is now weighted accordingly.
The gelded son of Dutch Art also caught the eye at Kempton last week when he stayed on with reassuring vigour to take fourth spot in a one-mile-three-furlong handicap.
Suitably energised by that run, Dutch Uncle can deliver on a mark of 82.
Good racing across the water at Navan, where Death Duty can emerge the headline act for the Gordon Elliott operation.
The five-year-old, owned by Gigginstown House Stud, is already ante-post favourite for the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival and can take the next stop along the ladder in the Navan Novice Hurdle.
Make no mistake, the Willie Mullins-trained Invitation Only looks a worthy foe, but the manner in which Death Duty disposed of She's A Star in the Monksfield Hurdle over this course and distance in November was pretty ruthless, to say the least.
Even in spite of a penalty, Elliott's inmate can have the last word in a really strong race.
Posted at 1525 GMT on 16/12/16.
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