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Saturday 24 February 2018

Cabernet sparkles in Elliott treble

Gordon Elliott was the man to follow at Gowran yesterday as he racked up a sparkling 116/1 treble.

The Aintree Grand National-winning handler won the first three races of the day with Abbey Lane, Bacher Boy and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Abbey Lane, making his debut for Elliott at odds of 7/1, set the ball rolling in the Goresbridge Maiden Hurdle.

Paul Carberry made a winning manoeuvre early in the straight, drawing on level terms with 8/11 favourite Spanish Auriga approaching the last. Abbey Lane then forged clear on the run-in to score by a comfortable three lengths.

Elliott said: "I think the bit of good ground helped him and we'll keep him going throughout the summer."

Carberry and Elliott then teamed up to take the Paulstown Maiden Hurdle with 7/2 shot Bacher Boy, who kept on stoutly under his rider's urgings to take first place by half a length.

"Carberry gave him a great ride -- he's just a different class," said Elliott.

Barry Geraghty was at the helm for Elliott's third success as Cabernet Sauvignon delivered the goods in the conditions hurdle. Always travelling sweetly, the 9/4 shot had five lengths over short-priced favourite Suffren.

"The good ground really suited him," said the on-song trainer.

In-form rider Shay Barry was seen to good effect aboard Tryptronic (13/2) in the Jack Duggan Memorial Handicap, while Oilily handsomely justified 11/8 favouritism in the Inistioge Maiden Hurdle.

City Hustler, trained by Sean Thornton, then proved too strong for 4/1 favourite King High in the Callan Handicap Hurdle.

Over at Down Royal, John Oxx's Shareen (7/2) brought up her hat-trick in the Ulster Oaks Fillies Handicap.

Despite racing from 6lb out of the handicap, Ben Curtis' mount showed plenty of dash from the head of affairs to strike by one-and-a-half lengths.

Vampire Blues took the concluding four-runner ITBA Handicap under Keagan Latham at Down Royal.

The daughter of Azamour, also the sire of Saturday's final race winner Seraakh, got on top inside the final furlong and went on to hold off Sarsfields Legend by three-quarters of a length.

Irish Independent

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