Morgan doubles up in De Bromhead's hat-trick raid
Henry De Bromhead was the man to follow at Downpatrick where the Waterford trainer's long trek up north yielded rich dividends as he helped himself to a 187/1 treble.
Two of De Bromhead's winners were ridden by promising young claimer Harry Morgan, who completed the first double of his fledgling career when guiding Killiney Court (11/2) to victory in the Molson Coors Handicap Hurdle.
Killiney Court had won this contest 12 months previously and the sprightly ten-year-old again showed his liking for the unique venue by bowling along merrily in front.
A peck at the first flight was the only real scare for Morgan's mount as he was allowed an uncontested lead and despite the best efforts of Zoffalee to make a race of it, Killiney Court galloped home four-and-a-quarter lengths clear with over 31 lengths back to Shimmer And Shine in third.
Earlier, Morgan landed a minor gamble when adopting similar tactics aboard De Bromhead's well-supported Game Present - backed from 16s into 10/1 - in the Pat O'Hare Bookmakers Maiden Hurdle.
The jockey bided his time in front aboard the five-year-old which was not fluent early on, but the pair gradually warmed to their task and after being joined by Argent Et Or at the third last, Game Present kicked on at the penultimate flight to put the issue beyond doubt. Laureate ran into second, nine lengths behind the comfortable winner.
The trainer completed the middle leg of his hat-trick with the help of Rachael Blackmore in the featured EBF Mares' Handicap Hurdle, in which Put The Kettle On justified 13/8 favouritism in similar fashion.
Prominent all the way, the market leader was hard pressed by Dollys Destination as she jumped the second last. However, Blackmore's mount responded well to pressure and despite not being fluent at the last, Put The Kettle On stayed on well to prevail by seven lengths.
Gordon Elliott, meanwhile, notched a double - initiated by the 12-length success of Everybreathyoutake (9/2) in the opening maiden hurdle under Andrew Ring, who replaced Davy Russell, stood down after a fall on Saturday. Elliott's second winner came courtesy of Song Of Namibia (6/5)which Denis O'Regan piloted to a comfortable win in the novice hurdle.
Today the action switches to Kilbeggan where the in-form De Bromhead should again be among the winners, with Email Rose and Judgement Day worth following in the first two races.