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Downpatrick double for Elliott





Gordon Elliott was in double form at Downpatrick.

First up for the Co Meath trainer was Moonmeister who made a winning start over obstacles in the V Is For Vintage Show Maiden Hurdle as the 11-8 joint-favourite.

Ridden by Luke Dempsey, the five-time Flat scorer made his challenge two out and got the better of long-time leader Rufino after the last to score by half a length.

Elliott said: "We might look at a four-year-old winner's of one in Galway. He'll mix and match over the Flat. He schooled well at home."

Jamie Codd was in the plate for Fort Smith's win in the J For Jaguar Handicap Chase.

Codd was standing in for Bryan Cooper, who was stood down with bruising to his ribs after a fall in the preceding East Down Beginners Chase, where he was riding Officer Cadet.

Elliott said of the 10-1 winner: "Jamie gave him a good ride. He was out walking the track so we had to go looking for him!

"He won a bumper on Fort Smith so I was keen for him to ride him."

Dempsey got his own double when Abarta (11-1) reeled in Royal Chief in the Its Summer Time Handicap Chase.

The runner-up looked to have done enough when well clear over the second-last but jinked to his left at one stage, briefly colliding with the rail and having to be straightened up, and as the pack closed in Dempsey's mount got there by two lengths to foil the 100-30 favourite.

The concluding bumper went to Willie and Patrick Mullins, with 7-2 second-favourite Listen Dear being pushed out to win by fully 37 lengths in the colours of the Supreme Racing Club.

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