Death Duty delivers again at Navan
Death Duty took his unbeaten record over smaller obstacles to three with an emphatic performance in the Navan Novice Hurdle at the County Meath track.
Bryan Cooper: Pleased with Death Duty's performance.
Successful at Roscommon and Navan this season, the Gordon Elliott-trained five-year-old completed the hat-trick with a stylish display in this Grade Two contest.
Monalee set out to make all the running, but Death Duty (6/4) always had him his sights and cruised alongside the leader at the second-last flight.
Bryan Cooper just had to shake him up and the Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding pulled away to score by three and three-quarter lengths.
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Monalee held Invitation Only, the even-money favourite, for second place.
Elliott said: "He's done it well and we like him a lot. I thought he'd improved a bit from the last day, and Bryan said he was on the bridle more this time.
"He will go now for the Grade One (Lawlors Hotel) novice hurdle at Naas (January 8). He looks an Albert Bartlett type."
Cooper added: "His jumping kills other horses, and he gets four lengths at a hurdle when another horse might get two. Shane McCann rides him in all his work, and he told me that he has more gears than you think.
"He's not as slow as we think, and he has plenty of options."
Death Duty was shortened in price as the ante-post favourite for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, for which he is now trading as the 3/1 favourite with Sky Bet.
Spokesman Michael Shinners commented: "There's still plenty of time to go before now and the Festival but this was a very impressive performance and he made a couple of well-regarded rivals look slow by comparison." Glenloe gave Elliott a 55-1 treble when just getting the better of Call The Taxie after a prolonged battle in the John Lynch Carpets Maiden Hurdle.The 6-4 favourite, ridden by Barry Geraghty for owner JP McManus, was made to fight every inch of the way to see off a game adversary by a neck.The leading pair pulled 26 lengths clear of the third horse, A Rated.Elliott said: "He's a grand horse but it was probably a weak enough race. He had his head in front at the right time."He's bred to be a staying chaser as he's a brother of Alfie Sherrin."
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