GORDON ELLIOTT’S Time To Work can deliver in the Kilberry Maiden Hurdle at Navan this afternoon.
Formerly a useful sort on the flat in England for Andrew Balding, the selection made an excellent start over jumps at Naas last month.
Not knocked about and noted staying on nicely in the closing stages, Time To Work finished third behind Bat Masterson and Midnight Oil.
The bare form isn’t overly exciting, but Elliott’s charge can be expected to improve plenty for the outing and this is contest high on quantity, rather than quality.
On a weekend of limited opportunities, Willie Mullins’ Peking To Paris looks one of the better wagers in the Bumper.
He made a promising, if less than spectacular, debut at Fairyhouse when beaten three lengths by Henry de Bromhead’s Starkie and that looks good enough in this league.
He’s Our Man, who used to be with Oliver Brady, but is now in the care of Ross O’Sullivan, gets a tentative nod in the Nobber Maiden Hurdle.
The seven-year-old has a number of decent efforts to his credit and is vastly experienced, but his travels in the market will be important, because he has been off for 304 days.
Amber Knight, who slammed subsequent winner Mister First at Down Royal, could shrug off a 9lbs rise in the weights in the Newgrange Handicap Chase.
Leopardstown tomorrow houses a really puzzling card, with the nap falling on Sheer Genius in the Irish Stallion Farms’EBF Maiden Hurdle.
He was grabbed late and beaten half a length by Dul Ar An Ol in a handicap on this track last time and modest opposition and an extra half mile to cover might see him home in front.
Charles Byrnes’ Pittoni can get back on the winning trail in the Ballsbridge Hurdle. A smart horse at his best, Pittoni has been afforded a nice break since finishing eighth behind Grandouet in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham in December.
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