Elliott ‘sweet’ on Farouk D’alene in Limerick feature | Racing News

Rising star Jordan Gainford could steal the limerick spotlight in Limerick on Sunday when he teams up with Farouk D’alene in the BoyleSports Faugheen Novice Chase.

The 3-pound pretender enjoyed groundbreaking success at Cheltenham in March when The Shunter won the Paddy Power Plate and now has his first round in a Grade One, in what is also his return from injury after suffering a broken wrist in a fall last month.

Trained by Gordon Elliott, Farouk D’alene, owned by Gigginstown House Stud, was a brilliant novice hurdler, beating Gavin Cromwell’s Vanillier in a Grade Two in this bout 12 months ago, and made a winning debut at Navan all beginning of this month.

“I couldn’t be happier with him,” Elliott said.

“He came out well from Navan. This was his first run since Limerick last Christmas, so I would have expected him to come forward a little bit from that, but he will need it as he is now getting deep inside.

“It looks like an exciting race and Gavin has a couple of nice horses in there, but that’s what you get in these grade one races.

“Jordan would never have ridden a horse with a chance like this in a first grade.

“I think he has a good chance, I think he will love the soft ground. He has improved a lot since his first heat at Navan. I am very nice to him.”

Cromwell said both Gabynako and Vanillier, but if the trip to Leopardstown eases, Vanillier is likely to be diverted.

Cromwell is in the enviable position of coaching two of the nicest wannabe novices in Ireland and would ideally prefer to share them at Christmas.

Albert Bartlett Vanillier’s winner had been booked for Neville Hotels Novice Chase in Leopardstown on Wednesday, but with irrigation taking place to prevent the ground from turning fast, Cromwell left him in Limerick for a trip that would have been short of his best. .

“Basically the thinking behind it is that my preference is for Vanillier to run to Leopardstown, hope it rains,” Cromwell said.

“We will know a lot more on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

“It would be a shame for them to have to face each other at this stage, especially as we know that three miles is more than Vanillier’s journey while two and a half miles are perfect for Gabynako.”

Gabynako looked confident of registering a grade one win of his own at Drinmore at Fairyhouse only to make mistakes in the last two fences and get caught by Beacon Edge.

“He made a couple of mistakes and it cost him. We gave him a school on Tuesday and he jumped very well.

“In his rookie hunt around Fairyhouse he was exceptionally good. He jumped well. He jumped well across the Drinmore, but in the last two he only made mistakes at the crucial moment that probably cost him the race.

“Vanillier would appreciate three more miles, he’s a real galloper and a good jumper.”

Joseph O’Brien manages two, Fire Attack and Global Equity.

“Fire Attack is a horse that has always had a lot of talent, but hasn’t helped himself run too freely. We decided to try something different for his hunting debut in October and Shane Fitzgerald did everything he could on it. he “, O” Brien said so in Betfair.

“It settled much better there and produced a good winning performance. This is a much stronger race, but I wouldn’t want to rule it out.

“Global Equity broke the barriers in Galway in October. Last time it took a chance at a grade one company in Fairyhouse and it didn’t do too badly.”

Jessica Harrington’s Lifetime Ambition, Noel Meade’s Lieutenant Command and Paddy Corkery’s Master McShee round out the field.

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