Geraghty brings Glenloe home

More news from Navan, where Gordon Elliott saddled a treble with help from Bryan Cooper and Barry Geraghty.

Successful jockey Barry Geraghty

Gordon Elliott was once again the follow on a big Sunday in Ireland when sending out a treble at Navan.

Having taken the feature Navan Novice Hurdle with Death Duty, Automated came from last to first to give Elliott and jockey Bryan Cooper a quickfire double in the Tara Handicap Hurdle.

Last year's winner Rossvoss cut out the early pace with Automated's stablemate Clarcam until the race began to heat up with three flights left to jump.

Scoir Mear, the strongly-supported 3/1 favourite, took it up from two out, but Automated (8/1) came with a telling run to skip clear after the last and win by a length and a quarter.

The first two pulled 20 lengths clear of Gurteen in third place.

Elliott said: "Bryan gave him a peach of a ride. Ideally, he wants to be a length or two down at the last and come with one run as he does not like to be in front too long.

"The conditions suited and the track suited him."

Glenloe the 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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