Tuesday 17 October 2017

'Notorious' seals Elliott's Tipp treble

Gordon Elliott. Photo: Sportsfile
Gordon Elliott. Photo: Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

High-flying Gordon Elliott sent three horses down to Tipperary yesterday and all three visited the winner's enclosure - two of them in the familiar colours of Gigginstown House Stud.

First up was the success of Shattered Love which made a winning debut over jumps to claim the opening mares' maiden hurdle. The five-year-old was placed in a Grade Two bumper at Aintree's Grand National meeting and was duly sent off 4/6 favourite.

Elliott's charge travelled well just off the pace for much of the journey before Bryan Cooper brought her to challenge at the second-last flight. The market leader soon seized the initiative and despite a slow jump at the last, she regained her balance to beat Dont Kick Nor Bite by three-and-a-quarter lengths.

The in-form Co Meath handler then landed the beginners' chase for stayers when Jetstream Jack justified 4/7 favouritism in the hands of Davy Russell.

Jumping solidly on its debut over the larger obstacles, the Diana Whateley-owned gelding overtook long-time leader Baily Moon at the second last and Russell didn't have to get too animated to see off Inis Meain by three-and-a-half lengths.

The Elliott hat-trick was completed by the impressive victory of Monbeg Notorious which powered away from his rivals under Jamie Codd in the concluding bumper.

The powerfully-built 8/11 favourite joined the leader with four furlongs left of the two-and-half-mile contest and the issue was soon put beyond doubt as Codd drove him into a clear lead to win by 15 lengths from Indrik.

Gigginstown also landed a treble of their own as the maroon and white silks of Michael O'Leary were earlier carried to victory by the Henry de Bromhead-trained Lion In His Heart which took the two-mile maiden hurdle in workmanlike fashion.

The 5/2 shot second favourite was sent to the front at the second flight by Cooper and jumped well at the head of affairs. Up the straight, the O'Leary-owned gelding was pressed strongly by 7/4 favourite Jack Dillinger but kept on well to hold the challenger at bay by two-and-a-quarter lengths. De Bromhead completed a double when Killiney Court made a successful start for the Co Waterford trainer in the two-mile beginners' chase.

The seven-year-old joined De Bromhead following the recent retirement of Colm Murphy and showed admirable battling qualities under Mikey Fogarty to edge out King's Wharf and Ruby Walsh by a half-length.

Walsh had earlier gone one better on Eric McNamara's Tristram Shandy (9/2) which dug deep to deny Notification by a length and a half in the three-mile handicap hurdle. The two-mile handicap chase saw another game display as Mark Enright made all aboard Samanntom (14/1).

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