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Elliott and Codd strike with hot treble at Downpatrick

By Ron McKnight

Gordon Elliott and Jamie Codd teamed up for a stunning hat-trick - at over 20/1 - at sunny Downpatrick last night. Elliott - three times top trainer at Downpatrick - recorded his first winner at the course this term in the opening maiden hurdle.

Classic Place attempted to make all but Westland Row - supported from 4/1 to 2/1 and with new Irish Champion amateur rider Codd in the saddle - went second in the final mile prior to challenging on the uphill climb and scoring readily.

Elliott said: "I thought it might have been a tricky enough day. It's grand to get off to a good start.

"We knew it was a long run to the last and we didn't want to be in front too soon so we are happy enough."

Elliott - who only just missed out on the Irish trainers title to Willie Mullins at the weekend, added: "We'll keep him going all summer."

The Elliott/Codd combination doubled up in the handicap hurdle when Presenting Julio shot clear after the final flight.

Elliott said: "He was the one we really fancied. He's owned by Danny Charlesworth from England so it's nice he won again."

The Elliott and Codd duo completed the treble when landing the concluding bumper aboard Penny Jane.

The Shane Ryder-trained Mysticaltou, with amateur rider Barry Browne aboard, was also a winner.

Ryder said: "She's her own worst enemy, she can pull a bit and she can be very, very keen but Barry gave her a great ride. It's great, she deserved it. She's probably never run on ground with firm in it before so maybe we have found the key to her."

Fly Rory Fly won for trainer Noel Meade, who said: "He's lazy. I'd say he will probably be better jumping fences. He's a big horse but he does seem to handle the ground so I'd say we will keep going.

"I wouldn't be surprised if he does go over fences sooner rather than later."

The handicap chase was won by Kilderry Prince, Conor Brassil aboard.

Codd looked set for another winner when gaining the inside and leading over the last in the hunter chase however Cant Pay Wont Pay - which was always in the leading group - rallied to gain victory for rider Donal Delahunt and trainer Mark Fahy.

Then the Codd and Elliott show concluded in the last.

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