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Gordon Elliott's got the Ticket to a Down Royal hat-trick

Denis O'Regan is one of the few top jockeys riding at today's Down Royal meeting, due to a trio of Irish fixtures, and he gets the vote, partnering British import Ticket To Ride for Gordon Elliott in the Adam and Ann Armstrong Memorial handicap chase. (stock photo)
Denis O'Regan is one of the few top jockeys riding at today's Down Royal meeting, due to a trio of Irish fixtures, and he gets the vote, partnering British import Ticket To Ride for Gordon Elliott in the Adam and Ann Armstrong Memorial handicap chase. (stock photo)

By Ron McKnight

Denis O'Regan is one of the few top jockeys riding at today's Down Royal meeting, due to a trio of Irish fixtures, and he gets the vote, partnering British import Ticket To Ride for Gordon Elliott in the Adam and Ann Armstrong Memorial handicap chase.

Elliott can also claim the hunterchase with Kruzhlinin unbeaten in his three points efforts for the trainer following his move from Philip Hobbs after contesting the Scottish Grand National in April.

Sizing Coal and Stand Up And Fight along with Coastal Tiep, trained at Larne by Stuart Crawford, are the dangers, the latter winning both his starts for the local handler and formerly based with Paul Nicholls.

Valdieu, if repeating his effort when runner up in the festival bumper to the high-class Malone Road, can add to Gordon Elliott's tally on the day in the finale.

Makka Pakke, Punitive and Braeside appear next best with Shaws Bridge, a very notable newcomer being a full brother to Malone Road for the Stuart Crawford stable.

Piranto, trained by Sammy Wilson at Ballygowan, could supply a local success in the Adare Manor Hurdle. The local trainer has booked Newtownards conditional Jordan Canavan for the mount following an excellent effort on his penultimate start.

The Tony Martin trained Hero's Welcome represents sponsor JP McManus while Effernock Lad, Holy Motivation, Walkers Point and Boris Boru are others to consider in a competitive contest.

Racing gets underway with a Beginners Chase and the prior experience of Hugo 'N' Taz is taken to pay dividends and represents the each way value in the race. Trainer, Noel Meade and stable jockey Sean Flanagan always warrant respect at the track and Getaway Kid, making his debut over fences, looks the likely favourite.

The Elliott trained pair Grotesque and Kayf Thou, the latter the mount of Ross Geraghty, brother of Barry who has established himself as a leading jumps jockey in America, along with Snugsborough Hall, have claims in an open affair.

Calicojack, Sinoria and Invincible Cave - second, fourth and fifth respectively at Gowran along with Kalum River and Trappist Monk - form the short list in an above average maiden hurdle. Calicojack is taken to confirm placings and supply the Belfast based Hunt family with another winner at the track where they have a long association.

Trainer Henry de Bromhead is doubly represented in the featured Red Mills Hurdle with Generalisation and Presented Well.

The former made his debut in a Kirkistown point to point when fourth and has twice been placed over hurdles. The Noel Meade trained Melly And Me, with consistent placed form, looks the danger to a De Bromhead success.

SELECTIONS:12.00 Hugo 'N'Taz,12.30 Ticket To Ride,1.00 Kruzhlinin,1.35 Calicojack, 2.10 Generalisation, 2.45 Piranto, 3.20 Valdieu.

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