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Elliott dancing after big win

By Ron McKnight

It was lucky 13 for Gordon Elliott at Downpatrick when Dancing Meadows, with Bryan Cooper aboard, won the September Maiden Hurdle at Downpatrick.

Elliott is the leading trainer at the track and Dancing Meadows took his tally for the season to 13.

The Meath handler said: "I'm delighted she won for the owners who are based in Britain. She could go for a mares novice in England at some point."

Sligo trainer Mark McNiff recorded winner number four of the year at the course when Urban Dusk, partnered by Derek Fox, proved best in a three-way battle to the line in the Warm Welcome Handicap Hurdle.

The winner is owned by the Sligo Racing Club, comprising 20 members, and McNiff said: "You need to take your time with her. She is entered at Sedgefield next Tuesday - I'll see how she is and decide.

"Derek is definitely the best claiming rider in the country."

Trainer Liz Doyle supplied the winner of the Kingsland Maiden Hurdle with Tigroney, claiming rider Donagh Meyler aboard.

Doyle said: "That was a great ride from the young lad - we discussed the race beforehand and knew there would be no pace so I told him, 'you kick on at the top of the hill and if you get beat it's my fault'.

"It was one of those races when you need to do something to win it.

"I'm not sure what's next but she's due a holiday soon."

The Strictly Beginners Chase proved a real thriller with six horses jumping the last together but it was 20/1 shot Sister Annie, trained by former jump jockey John Cullen, edging the locally owned and trained Drumhart.

A delighted Cullen said: "I've nothing specific in mind for her next race.

"That's two winners this season - I have two in training for the track proper!"

Trainer Colin Bowe's pair of runners in the EBF Beginners Chase dominated the finish with Gold Patrol, partnered by Mikey Fogarty, prevailing having rallied when headed to beat stable companion Don Vincenzo.

Killeen Elegance doubled up for lady trainers when easily landing the Even More Strictly Handicap Chase in the hands of Andrew Lynch for Meath-based Claire O'Connell.

"The blinkers made the difference - Andrew suggested them after his last race and we knew he would handle the track having run over hurdles here last time," she said.

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