Navan: Duty downs rivals to enhance festival claims

Death Duty and Bryan Cooper: unbeaten over hurdles

PICTURE: Patrick McCann ( Duty shows killer instinct to down Navan rivals
By Alex Wiltshire 12:55PM 18 DEC 2016

Report: Navan, Sunday

Navan Novice Hurdle (Grade 2), 2m4f, 4yo+

DEATH DUTY continued his unbeaten record over hurdles with an authoritative performance at Navan to enhance his claims for Cheltenham glory in March.

The clash between the Gigginstown-owned five-year-old and the Willie Mullins-trained Invitation Only was expected to be a tight tussle, however Death Duty eased clear of long-time leader Monalee at the second-last and Invitation Only had no response as he trailed home in third.

The Gordon Elliott-trained winner is now 8-1 favourite for the Neptune and 4-1 market leader for the Albert Bartlett.

Elliott said: "He's a horse we've always liked a lot. He's taken to hurdles really well and we thought he had improved from his win here last month. Bryan [Cooper] said he was more on the bridle today.

"The Grade 1 Lawlor's Hotel Novice Hurdle over the same trip at Naas on January 8 is the plan."

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