Bayan seals 47/1 double for Gordon Elliott
Bayan excelled under a smooth Davy Condon steer to spearhead a 47/1 Gordon Elliott double in the €45,000 Listowel Races Supporters Club Lartigue Hurdle.
In the 5/1 favourite's last four starts over flights, his sole defeat came behind Call Me Bubbles at Ballinrobe in May. The Core Syndicate-owned gelding made amends here, holding off a late thrust by Ruby Walsh's patiently ridden mount by a length and a half.
On gruelling rain-softened ground, the common theme for each of the day's seven winners was a preference for racing on or close to the pace. Condon sat just off the lead down the paint on Bayan, which conserved energy with some beautifully fluent hurdling.
The partnership led turning out of the back, and saw off the eventual third One Fine Day before repelling Call Me Bubbles' challenge.
"Davy gave him a great ride," Elliott said afterwards. "He stays well and his owners have knocked some great craic out of him."
Toner D'Oudairies initiated Elliott's brace by capitalising on some clumsy leaps by favourite Sizing Symphony to land the novice chase for Davy Russell. Sizing Symphony laboured in the mud, tiring into third behind Ancient Days.
Pulled up at Killarney, the 7/1 winner is unpredictable but he found plenty here.
"He is a bit of a monkey," Elliott admitted. "They went so quick at Killarney he sulked, but small fields like this suit him."
Ruby Walsh signed off with an easy victory on Tony Martin's 11/4 favourite Lagan Canal in the maiden hurdle, while Laytown winner Captain May again made all to land a touch (14/1 into 8/1) for shrewd Cloyne handler Andrew Lee in the Brandon Hotel Handicap.
Wayne Lordan, who rode Captain May at Laytown, was on the mark here when Tommy Stack's 12/1 shot Romantic Stroll readily plundered the mile fillies' handicap.
Dermot Weld continued his recent resurgence when debutant Lanyard (4/1) defied a market drift in the fillies' maiden. Pat Smullen's partner scored stylishly by five lengths.
Even more facile was Paul Deegan's Shining Emerald in the boys' equivalent. The Clodovil colt bounded to a 16-length rout to justify 6/4 joint-favouritism under Chris Hayes.