Delta Work heads strong Gigginstown team in Leopardstown Grade One

Owner fields five of the seven runners in the Neville Hotels Novice Chase

  • Friday 28 December
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Seven go to post in the Grade One Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Saturday, with five contenders sporting the maroon and white colours of Gigginstown House Stud.

Gordon Elliott sends both Delta Work, who is unbeaten in two runs over fences, and Blow By Blow, winner of the Martin Pipe at the Festival in March.

Henry de Bromhead also has two Gigginstown runners in Judgement Day, the mount of Rachael Blackmore and on a five-timer, and Nick Lost.

Joseph O’Brien’s Mortal, a winner on his chasing debut at Fairyhouse, completes the Gigginstown masses.

The man charged with trying to keep tabs on them all is racing manager Eddie O’Leary.

“With Blow By Blow and Delta Work, this was always going to be the obvious place to bring them after the last Grade One (Drinmore),” said O’Leary, referring to the race won by Delta Work with Blow By Blow back in seventh.

“Obviously we’d hoped Blow By Blow would run better, but we always suspected he might find that trip (two and a half miles) a bit short.

“Delta Work has looked very good over fences and it was nice to see his form get franked by Le Richebourg the other day.

“He got three miles well over hurdles, so the trip won’t be a problem.

“Judgement Day has been very good so far this season for Henry. He’s only been winning smaller races, but the time is right to step him up.

“Mortal made a nice start over fences, his jumping was very good at Fairyhouse and he’s entitled to a shot at a fair prize.

“With Nick Lost it might look like he’s in too deep, but I’m sure there’s a decent horse in there somewhere. We’ll see tomorrow if he’s up to this level, but probably not.”

Elliott also runs Ben Dundee who needs to bounce back after being pulled up last time out while Jessica Harrington’s Moonshine Bay completes the line up.

Delta Work heads strong Gigginstown team in Leopardstown Grade One
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