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Chance for trainer Gordon Elliott to hit the target

By Frank Brownlow

Top trainer Gordon Elliott will travel up to Downpatrick with a very strong hand.

Meath handler Elliott, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March with Don Cossack, has chances tomorrow (first race 5.20pm) with Tajseer - the pick of the bunch - and Faraway Mountain, while Laird Of Monksford and Overtures both contest the Strictly At Downpatrick Races Handicap Hurdle.

But it is in the concluding Ballroom Foxtrot INH Flat Race that Elliott really packs them in with Annihilate, Blood Crazed Tiger, Broken Soul and The Storyteller.

Meanwhile, leading jockey Noel Fehily was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth for precautionary X-rays on his back after he suffered a bad fall at Newton Abbot.

Fehily was riding the Nick Mitchell-trained Hinxworth in the totepool Chip And Pin Betting Handicap Hurdle when he fell at the third flight.

The 40-year-old from Cork was treated immediately by the on-track medical team, who felt it prudent to call for further support.

"He's been taken to hospital for precautionary X-rays on his back, but he's conscious" said Mitchell. "He was talking, moving his arms and legs but they just want to be on the safe side.

"You can understand it, in these situations, as you've got to be careful."

Racing at Newton Abbot was delayed by over 30 minutes as medics attended to Fehily.

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