Elliott concerned by Listowel ground

13 September 2017 04:30:37 EST

Gordon Elliott admits the heavy ground for the Kerry National (16:05) is something of a concern but he still hopes to see A Toi Phil running a big race.

The Gigginstown House-owned seven-year-old finished a solid fourth last month in the Galway Plate, doing some good work late in the piece from a relatively uncompromising position.

He is set to be partnered by Davy Russell for the first time at Listowel and the pair are 8/1 to win the three-mile Kerry National.

Whilst conditions are proving something of a worry, Elliott remains optimistic that A Toil Phil, one of three for his yard in the race, can lead their charge.

"A Toi Phil ran very well at Galway and finished fourth in the Plate. The ground will be very soft and that'll be a worry, but we're looking forward to running him," said the trainer.

"It's hard to say if he's my best chance, but he looks like he has a very good chance.

"Potters Point is a novice and he's in good form. Lisa O'Neill takes 5lb off and hopefully he runs well.

"He's had a wind operation this year and should go well."

Potters Point is 8/1 to win the Kerry National.

Trainer Joseph O'Brien saddles promising mare Slowmotion, and despite Mark Walsh's mount being the youngest horse in the race at five, the in-form handler feels she'll have learned plenty in finishing third in last month's Galway Plate - the best finishing position achieved by any of the Kerry National field in the Ballybrit contest.

"She ran well in the Galway Plate and that's a similar sort of race, very competitive, so I don't think she's too inexperienced," said O'Brien.

"She's in good form and we're hoping she'll run well."

Slowmotion is 5/1 for victory at Listowel while 14/1 chance Tempestatefloresco, one of two British runners in the race, could be set to run a big race for trainer Colin Tizzard and Gold Cup-winning jockey Robbie Power.

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