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Gordon Elliott hits new high thanks to Downpatrick double

By Jimmy Walker

Navan trainer Gordon Elliott, who won the Ebor Handicap with Dirar at York earlier this month, was on the mark at Downpatrick yesterday with a double.

And Elliott’s two winners took him to a new high, with 28 winners being saddled by him in Ireland this season.

Elliott opened up with Boragh Princess, who won the Miss Northern Ireland Mares Maiden Hurdle, which became his 27th winner in Ireland this year.

Previously the most the Meath-man had managed in on season was 26, 12 months ago.

Paul Carberry rode this winner and also had the mount on Tarkani, who completed the Elliott double later on.

It was in fact a great day for Elliott and Carberry who now appear to be very much a winning combination.

Elliott said: “Everything is going for me at the moment and Paul Carberry, who rode both winners today, could well end up champion jockey if he stays with my stable.”

Also on the mark was the exuberant Monaghan trainer Oliver Brady who waved the Down flag after Imperial Shabra had won the third race, in a tight finish from Fleeting Moment.

Brady, who always makes a speech whenever he wins, told a huge crowd: “I’m glad I’ve scored. Although I come from Monaghan I am delighted that Down have reached the All-Ireland final.

“It is a tremendous achievement for you Down supporters and I am hopeful that you go on to win the trophy.”

As far as Imperial is concerned his next stop is likely to be the Lisdoagh Festival, where Brady has only had one winner before.

“Hopefully I’ll improve on that this time,” the trainer added.

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