Ball D’Arc proves too good
Ball D'Arc ran out a decisive winner of the valuable Bar One Racing Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse.
Gordon Elliott (left): Won with Ball D'Arc
Run at a fierce pace given the front-running tactics of Ttebbob, Jack Kennedy bided his time on Gordon Elliott's six-year-old, confident that the pace-setter had gone off too quick.
For a brief moment it looked as if one-time smart novice Ttebbob had slipped the field, but by the turn for home he was running on empty and Ball D'Arc and Pairofbrowneyes were left in front.
Pairofbrowneyes has been placed in numerous big races but had to settle for second best again as the 3-1 favourite powered clear after the last, winning by nine lengths. Draycott Place was third and Caolaneoin fourth.
Unlucky at Leopardstown over Christmas, he was yet another big winner injured jockey Bryan Cooper had missed out on.
As for Elliott, he keeps picking up the valuable handicaps that will make him a terrific challenger for Willie Mullins' champion trainer title in Ireland.Elliott said: "It's a nice pot to win, Jack gave him a peach of a ride. He was a bit unlucky at Leopardstown, although I'm still not sure he'd have won. The soft ground suited him today and he could get into a nice rhythm."I'm not sure where he will go next, but he could go for something like the Grand Annual. He's still a novice over fences so that is an option as well."Elliott and Kennedy had earlier teamed up for victory with Barra, a 50th winner of the season in Ireland for the emerging rider.Elliott added: "For a lad of only 17 to be doing what he's doing is great."Nothing fazes him, and he has his feet on the ground and is still mucking out in the yard."