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Elliott, Kennedy appeal 'non-trier' ruling

Elliott was fined €2,000 after the Kennedy-ridden Suitor finished third to Ten Ten in a maiden hurdle. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Elliott was fined €2,000 after the Kennedy-ridden Suitor finished third to Ten Ten in a maiden hurdle. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Gordon Elliott and Jack Kennedy have lodged appeals against the penalties imposed on them under 'non-trier' rules by Down Royal stewards last Saturday.

Elliott, the Gold Cup and Grand National winner who was pipped at the post by Willie Mullins in a memorable struggle for the trainer's title last season, was fined €2,000 after the Kennedy-ridden Suitor finished third to Ten Ten in a maiden hurdle.

The stewards decided there had been a breach of Rule 212 which relates to 'non-triers' and, as well as fining Elliott, they banned Suitor from racing for 42 days and suspended Kennedy for five days.

Elliott said: "I am 100pc definitely appealing. I was away and I don't want to say too much, but I've no interest in stopping horses. I want to be champion trainer. It's not stopping horses I want to be doing."

Suitor, formerly trained by Brian Ellison, was having his first start for Elliott and was racing over jumps for the first time.

Kennedy told the inquiry that the horse jumped sketchily early and was outside on the heavier ground and was flat out all the way before running on in the straight past beaten horses under a hands-and-heels ride.

Meanwhile, Elliott looks set for another good day at Fairyhouse, where he has leading claims in the first four races.

Davy Russell takes the mount on Mitchouka in the opening 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle as the Gigginstown gelding bids for compensation after an agonising defeat on his Irish debut.

He looked set to collect at the first time of asking for his new connections at Thurles last month when cruising into the lead two from home.

A slight mistake at the last put him under pressure, however, and he was nailed on the line by Apparition.

Monbeg Worldwide looks a nice staying prospect for Gigginstown and he aims to get off the mark over timber in the Maiden Hurdle.

The unbeaten Lucarno gelding won three bumpers last season and already has jumping experience in the bag as a former point-to-point winner.

Another nice prospect who lines up in opposition is the Dermot McLoughlin-trained Canardier, who won his sole start in a Punchestown bumper in April.

Kennedy has the mount on Monbeg Worldwide and also teams up with Elliott aboard The Storyteller, which looks the pick at the weights in the two-and-a-half-mile Hurdle.

It's no surprise to see Elliott turn out Poormans Hill quickly in the Fairyhouse Ladies Handicap Chase following his cosy win at Down Royal.

Kennedy appeared to win with a bit up his sleeve then and the Stowaway gelding has just a 4lb penalty to defy now, with Katie O'Farrell taking a useful 7lb off his back.

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