Sunday 4 December 2016

Elliott delight after Bondage storms home to deny Lucky

Thomas Kelly

Published 31/05/2011 | 05:00

Gordon Elliott has been in a rich vein of form over jumps this year, but the Meath handler last night reminded racegoers at Ballinrobe that he's equally adept at sending out winners on the Flat as his Bondage won the opening contest with ease.

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Sent off a 10/1 chance on the back of four moderate efforts over hurdles since the turn of the year, the four-year-old travelled sweetly for Emmet McNamara and burst into the lead on the turn for home. His stamina kicked in and he powered away to beat well-backed favourite Lucky Spring by four lengths.

Johnny Murtagh got a fine tune out of Adiynara in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden. Michael Halford's filly was starting to look a little frustrating having been placed three times in her previous seven outings.

But Murtagh sent the 4/1 shot into a clear lead three furlongs from home and he kept enough in the tank to repel the strong challenge of Jouster, holding on by a neck.

Odds-on favourite Malayan Mist maintained her unblemished record in the EBF Fillies Race. Sent off the 5/6 market leader, Dermot Weld's charge didn't let down her supporters under Pat Smullen, beating Deire Na Sli by a length. While Loch Long galloped and jumped his rivals into submission in the Mulholland Bookmakers Maiden Hurdle with a four-and-a-half length win.

The Jessica Harrington-trained Magical Memoir stretched clear to land the Tipperary Water Hurdle, but not before Scottish Boogie had made him fight. Ruby Walsh didn't leave without a winner as he struck on last Friday's Cork victor, Uncle Taffy, for Tony Martin in the Supermacs Ballinrobe Handicap Hurdle.

This evening, the Western venue attracts a couple of interesting sorts with the conditions novice hurdle over two and a half miles the main attraction.

The Willie Mullins-trained Sicilian Secret will appreciate having his sights lowered after struggling at the Punchestown Festival, but there must be a slight doubt over his ability to act on the track. Walsh's mount had beaten the reopposing subsequent winner Ross Na Righ at Fairyhouse the time before and has more to fear from Jim Will Fix It.

Irish Independent

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