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Winning return: Rachael Blackmore and trainer Henry de Bromhead enjoyed success at Downpatrick
Winning return: Rachael Blackmore and trainer Henry de Bromhead enjoyed success at Downpatrick

By Ron McKnight

Gordon Elliott, leading trainer at the track, had a rare blank day on the first session but was back in the winners' enclosure in the first race of the second session at Downpatrick.

Monition and Poker D'ainay headed affairs for most of the race, however Everybreathyoutake - with Andrew Ring replacing Davy Russell - travelled through smoothly to lead at the last and go clear.

Assistant trainer Ian Amond said: "He probably wants that trip I suppose or even a bit further. He stays going very well. You could call him the winner from two or three out so he did it well."

The Rated Novice Hurdle developed into a duel between So Enjoy and Song Of Namibia which led at the final flight to prevail, supplying Elliott with a double. The winner was partnered by Denis O'Regan.

Amond added: "It was a nice race to start him off and he did everything straightforward."

Trainer Henry De Bromhead is another regular in the winners' enclosure and Hugh Morgan gave Game Present an enterprising ride, denying the locally trained pair Laureate and Shortcross Storm which filled the places.

Morgan said: "He did relish the track and he is coming on the whole time and his jumping is improving. There's still a bit to work on but he's getting there. Henry (de Bromhead) said to be good and positive on him and we wanted to see how he would fare."

Morgan (22) brought his career tally to eight when registering a double supplying De Bromhead with a treble when again showcasing his talents in the Coors Hurdle on Killiney Court which was recording back to back victories in the race. The young rider again opted to make all the running and was follow home by Zoffalee.

Morgan said: "He was good there again this year. He loves it around here. He just seems to come to life up here and enjoys it - horses for courses!"

Rachael Blackmore returned from an injury sustained the previous day and was successful on Put The Kettle On to provide De Bromhead with a double.

The winner of the feature was able to fend off a late challenge from the locally trained Dollys Destination in the closing stages.

Blackmore said: "It's very nice to be back. Henry's horses are on fire at the minute, so it's great to get back on."

Our Brian, a previous course winner in 2016 despite lack of recent form and unraced during 2017 and 2018, proved the easy winner of the handicap hurdle having been supported from 20s to 11/2.

Trained by Philip Rothwell with Ricky Doyle in the saddle the winner went clear three from home. Doyle said: "They knew if he was with them at the last we knew we had a shout. He'll win a few handicap chases, so he's not done yet."

Joseph O'Brien supplied the winner of the finale when Lady Breffni with Tom Hamilton on board proved the runaway winner as Caer stayed on late to claim second.

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