Gorbatov beaten on Naas return
Triumph Hurdle hero Ivanovich Gorbatov finished a distant third as De Plotting Shed dominated from the front in the Priory Walls Of Kilgowan Hurdle at Naas.
Ivanovich Gorbatov was well beaten on his return
Ivanovich Gorbatov saw off Apple's Jade to claim Cheltenham Festival glory in March before having to make do with minor honours behind the same mare at Aintree and Punchestown.
Stepped up to two and a half miles for the first time on his seasonal reappearance, Joseph O'Brien's charge was a 6/4 shot in the hands of Barry Geraghty, with De Plotting Shed the 11/8 favourite to complete his hat-trick for Gordon Elliott.
De Plotting Shed was sent straight to the lead by 7lb claimer Cian Collins and some accurate leaps kept up the momentum.
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Jessica Harrington's Jett looked set to make a race of it after closing the gap between the final two flights, but Collins had kept something up his sleeve and De Plotting Shed pulled away again to score by a comfortable eight lengths, completing a double on the card for Elliott following the victory of Tell Us More in the Brady's Family Ham Supporting Kildare GAA Poplar Square Chase.
Ivanovich Gorbatov was under pressure before the home turn and was ultimately well-beaten.
Elliott said: "He'll keep to hurdles for this season and we can look at anything from two and a half miles up to three miles.
"He's improving and is a horse that should win plenty of races."
Geraghty said of Ivanovich Gorbatov: "His form tailed off after the Triumph Hurdle and you would have to say he was disappointing today.
"He was beaten before he made the mistake at the second last. It's real good ground which should suit him."
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