Advantage Elliott in Ireland
Gordon Elliott secured a pair of notable winners for Gigginstown on Sunday as Willie Mullins was left frustrated.
Trainer Gordon Elliott at Fairyhouse
Former Mullins inmate Tell Us More (7/2) landed the Brady's Family Ham Supporting Kildare GAA Poplar Square Chase on his second start for Elliott, who also saddled runner-up The Game Changer in a race which saw Mullins' Avant Tout pulled up after the first fence.
Tell Us More was one of 60 horses owned by Gigginstown House Stud who were taken away from Mullins, reportedly as a result of an increase in his training fees which the leading Irish owners were not prepared to meet.
And while he was made to work hard, the seven-year-old appeared to benefit from his reappearance with a game effort under jockey Keith Donoghue at Naas.
Elliott said: "Keith (Donoghue) is on fire and is riding well.
"This horse has a big engine but he goes left, which is a shame. Keith gave him a great ride.
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"He may go for the Fortria at Navan (next Sunday)."
Mullins looked set for compensation over at Cork in the Paddy Power Acca Insurance E.B.F. Novice Hurdle, only for Blood Crazed Tiger to get back up for Elliott and deny Screaming Rose, who had appeared set to collect approaching the final flight.
It took Gordon Elliott's charge five attempts before eventually breaking his duck in a Roscommon bumper in May, but he has not looked back since.
The five-year-old made a successful reappearance and hurdling debut at Gowran Park at the start of October before following up over this course and distance a couple of weeks later and he was the 6/4 favourite to strike gold once more in the hands of David Mullins.
Blood Crazed Tiger made much of the running in the three-mile Listed contest, but looked booked for minor honours after being passed by Screaming Rose and Ruby Walsh at the top of the home straight.
However, the Willie Mullins-trained mare did not find as much as anticipated when coming under pressure and the Elliott runner regained the lead after jumping the second-last and galloped on to prevail by a length and a quarter.
Elliott enjoyed further notable success at Naas as De Plotting Shed (11/8 favourite) landed a hat-trick in the Priory Walls Of Kilgowan Hurdle.
All eyes were on the returning Triumph Hurdle winner, Ivanovich Gorbatov, but he was most disappointing as the race fitness of De Plotting Shed helped him to a convincing success.
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