Treble goes down well for Elliot and Carberry
A treble success for the Paul Carberry-Gordon Elliot jockey-trainer combination proved the highlight of Downpatrick's Family Day meeting.
The pair set out their stall from the off as Moss Street comfortable overcame locally trained Big Kern, the well supported odds on favourite in the opening Maiden Hurdle.
But Carberry eased into an early lead and although Big Kern attempted to challenge at the penultimate flight, the effort was short lived as the Elliott horse drew further clear on the downhill run.
The County Meath trainer said: "It wasn't a great race. On his form earlier in the season he looked a penalty kick, but he lost his way.
"He's owned by friends of mine (Call It What you Like Syndicate) that have been with me from the start and I thought he would win at Perth last time but he failed to stay."
The Carberry/Elliott combination doubled up on the day when Swantykay and was the easy winner of the Handicap and always holding runner-up House Limit in the closing stages.
The winner raced in the rear early but improved into a close third two from home and having popped the last, Carberry allowed his mount to go to the front and after a short tussle with House Limit soon had the race won.
Elliott said on completing the double: "That's my first horse for Paul Holden. He won well. Paul Carberry said the ground was getting a bit soft. The better the ground the better he is.
"Paul is brilliant, he takes his time on horses. This one is named after a good friend of ours in Wexford. He might go for a handicap hurdle at Galway now."
The John McConnell trained Orgilgo Bay made nearly all the running to claim the Conditions Hurdle and had the race won bar a fall three from home, eventually winning by 20 lengths.
The winning trainer said: "He was good – 4/5 shots are no fun! He was impressive. It's hard to know what was behind, but he jumped well and hopefully now he'll go for the Galway Hurdle. He was a bit unlucky at Cheltenham where he pulled too hard and Ballinrobe probably came too soon.
"He's a delicate horse who doesn't take a lot of racing unlike Lindenhurst who is a tank. You'll probably not see Orgilgo Bay until Galway. He's a brilliant jumper and he'll be able to lay up with them in Galway. He'll have to go up, but probably will after winning by that distance. Hopefully he'll not go up too much."
Another favourite failed when Indian Fairy had to settle for second, staying on late behind the Peter Fahy trained, Do Na Paisti with Shane Butler in the saddle in the Mares Hurdle.
Katie Lu made the early running before Stay Tuned took over – however when the winner moved to the head of affairs, the winning jockey soon had a commanding lead and the race in safe keeping.
Fahy said: "There's three Mares Hurdles this week, two today and one on Friday and we found a weak race. She had good form last year. I couldn't find an owner for her so I gave her to the kids. She'll go to Galway, my teenagers will enjoy a day there! She'll be a lovely mare over fences."
Wandering Aengus showed great determination to land the Long Distance Maiden having set off in front under claiming jockey Shane Shortall, but rallied strongly in the closing stages having been headed by Changeofluck with the young rider seen to good advantage in the battle to the line to prevail by half a length on the Patrick Prendergast runner.
The coolness of Paul Carberry was highlighted when completing the treble for himself and Gordon Elliott on I C Gold which gradually crept into contention in the Handicap Hurdle before asserting after the final flight for a snug success.