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Hat-trick has a High Net Worth for Gordon Elliott

By Ron McKnight

On the day the Ryder Cup started, the Cheering Rory (McIlroy) Handicap at Downpatrick was won by High Net Worth, the second success of a stunning 30-1 hat-trick for trainer Gordon Elliott.

Crossgar handler Colin McBratney supplied a local triumph when Obispo landed the beginners chase.

Obispo tracked the leaders in the early stages before going a close second four from home and jumping into the lead at the second last before the early leader Dun Scaith fell at the final fence when beaten in second.

McBratney said: "We put a hood on at the Maze and kept that on today as it appeared to bring him back to life.

"Last year he had me at my wits end but he's back on track now. We freshened him up and he could come back here for the next meeting," he added.

Elliott scored in the opener when Knight's Parade, with Barry Geraghty aboard, supplied the Meath trainer's 10th winner from 30 runners at the track.

Elliott said: "He was entitled to win that. I'll look for a novice hurdle. He does not want it soft so we will keep going at present."

Elliott quickly doubled up in the second race when High Net Worth, under an ultra patient ride from claiming jockey Kevin Sexton, easily led after the final flight to score.

"Kevin's a very, very good rider and I will be using him a lot over the winter – he gave the horse a class ride," said the trainer.

Elliott's last winner provided him with his quickest 50 to date.

The EBF Chase produced a dual in the closing stages between Draycott Place and Definite Ruby, the latter second in her last five starts but proving an easy winner with Geraghty aboard, completing Elliott's hat-trick in the process.

Elliott said: "That's five winners in two days! This is a lucky spot for me.

"The mare deserved that and Barry said she did not like the track but was always going to win. I might go to the UK for a novice chase next with her."

Better Back Bob looked like supplying another local winner in the long distance maiden having made all the running and was clear over the last. However, High Counsel snatched victory.

Colin Bowe sent out Lily Of Killarney to claim the handicap chase in memory of Oliver Brady.

Lily Of Killarney, partnered by Mark Walsh, is owned by the Irish Tenors Syndicate and bred by top tenor Ronan Tynan.

Favourite Rathmuck Native landed the concluding bumper.

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