Thursday 23 November 2017

Doubles all round as Elliott and Blackmore prosper at Down Royal

Rachael Blackmore Picture: PA
Rachael Blackmore Picture: PA

Thomas Kelly

Gordon Elliott continued his quest for the champion trainer's title with a double at Down Royal where Rachael Blackmore also landed a brace.

First up for the Co Meath handler was the impressive victory of Holeinthewall Bar in the two-mile handicap chase, in which Denis O'Regan had the 9/4 favourite prominent throughout before easing him 15 lengths clear of runner-up James.

Elliott's second winner came in the bumper as his Last Minute Man (3/1) came with a storming run up the straight under Jamie Codd to edge out favourite Trainwreck by three lengths.

Blackmore, meanwhile, teamed up with John 'Shark' Hanlon for her double, which was initiated by the success of Honest Robber (8/1) in the three mile chase.

Blackmore's mount jumped alongside Cappacurry Zak at the second last and under strong driving, it was Hanlon's charge which stayed on the better to prevail by three lengths.

It was much easier for the same trainer-jockey combination in the Bet With Tote Handicap Hurdle as Camlann (5/1) hit the front between the last two flights and powered two and three-quarter lengths clear of There You Go.

Davy Russell was forced to miss three intended mounts after being stood down for the rest of the meeting following his fall from No Dice (2/1 favourite) in the opening novice chase.

The Cork rider was reported to be "sore" after the tumble at the fourth-last when leading on Tony Martin's marker leader.

His exit left Elliott's Double Scores at the head of affairs, but he was headed by the Denis Cullen-trained A Great View (3/1) at the last and Mark Walsh drove the JP McManus-owned gelding to a two-lengths wion.

Irish Independent

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