Stra­tum’s up in class at Na­van

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - SPORTS - By Eoghan O’Brien

STRA­TUM made a big im­pres­sion on his hur­dling de­but at Gal­way last month and takes the next step up the lad­der in the For Auc­tion Novice Hur­dle at Na­van to­day.

Hav­ing shown smart form on the level for John Gos­den, the four-yearold was snapped up for 160,000 guineas by prom­i­nent owner Tony Bloom and sent to Wil­lie Mullins.

He made a fine start for his new con­nec­tions at Ballybrit, jump­ing well on his way to a facile suc­cess and con­nec­tions are hope­ful he can take a step up to Grade Three level in his stride.

Pa­trick Mullins, as­sis­tant to his fa­ther, said: ‘He is a horse we got from John Gos­den, the same as Nichols Canyon, and he won very nicely the first day in Gal­way. That was his first run in a good while, so hope­fully he’s im­proved for the run. We’re step­ping up in class now, but we think he’ll be well up to it.’

Stra­tum faces five ri­vals over two miles and per­haps has most to fear from the Gor­don El­liott-trained and Gig­gin­stown House Stud-owned pair of Mor­gan and Mengli Khan.

El­liott said: ‘I really like Mengli Khan and think he’s a nice horse. Mor­gan has to give them a bit of weight and it looks a very com­pet­i­tive race.

‘Mengli Khan is such a big horse and as a three-year-old you could see how he would im­prove. You won­dered how he ran as a two-year-old. We like what he’s show­ing us at home and with luck he’ll run a good race.’

Course and dis­tance win­ner Jimmy Breekie, Take Five and Clas­sic The­atre are the other run­ners.

The two Grade Two events on the card are the Lis­mullen Hur­dle and the For­tria Chase.

The lat­ter has at­tracted six run­ners, with El­liott sad­dling both Clar­cam and The Game Changer. Alisier D’Ir­lande, Dray­cott Place, Fine Rightly and likely out­sider The Shep­herd King make up the field.

El­liott has three of the five Lis­mullen Hur­dle con­tenders, Ap­ple’s Jade the hot favourite. Gavin Cromwell’s Jer’s Girl and Noel Meade’s Monksland also go, along with Flaxen Flare and Duca De Thaix.

HOPES: Pa­trick Mullins likes Stra­tum

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