A return to chasing, following a heavy defeat in the Galway Hurdle, can effect a return to winning ways for The Game Changer, this evening at Ballybrit.
Amongst numerous fine efforts over hurdles, Gordon Elliott’s gelding finished third in the 2014 Galway Hurdle and, despite only four outings over the larger obstacles, is already higher rated as a chaser.
Last time out he had one of today’s rivals, Upazo, beaten when that rival took a heavy fall at the second-last, while on his second outing over fences he beat another of today’s opponents, Rock The World.
He should have little trouble confirming the form with Upazo, on 1lb better terms, and can also reassert his superiority over Rock The World, despite being 7lbs worse off for his three-parts-of-a-length success at Roscommon.
The runner-up filled the same spot behind Sizing Platinum in a similar race over course and distance, in late July.
On that occasion he travelled well, but didn’t find as much as expected in the closing stages.
It’s too soon to think he’s reached the peak of his powers in this sphere, and the swing in the weights will certainly aid his cause, but he may be better suited to a bare two miles.
The Game Changer is a really smart chaser in the making, jumps well, and can stalk the pace, before proving too strong in the closing stages.
Runyon Rattler has shown enough to suggest he can take the two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle for trainer Philip Rothwell.
A runaway winner of a Kilbeggan bumper on his first start this season, he conceded the best part of 100 yards to his rivals before finishing third behind Jesmond Lodge, on his hurdling debut.
On his next and most recent start, he filled the same position behind the promising Shadagann, and any improvement on that should make him hard to beat in today’s company.
The quicker ground should be a help – his bumper victory came in better conditions – and he can come home in front, with the promising Dylrow feared themost.
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