Navan: Duty downs rivals to enhance festival claims
Death Duty and Bryan Cooper: unbeaten over hurdles
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos 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."
More to follow . . .
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