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Paul Carberry at treble

By Ron McKnight

Paul Carberry landed a stunning 350-1 treble at Downpatrick, two of them for Gordon Elliott who boosted his record as top trainer at the track.

Carberry scored on Be Seeing You, Cristy's Call and Fort Smith - all in successive races with the first and the last for Elliott.

The opener was won by Haddington Road, trained by Dot Love with Andrew McNamara aboard.

The winning trainer said: "He was always a nice horse and is one for the future and will make a good chaser. He might stay hurdling meantime and possibly go chasing at the end of the summer - it will depend what the handicapper does."

Elliott maintained his magnificent strike record at the course when Be Seeing You, partnered by that man Carberry, landed the long distance handicap hurdle.

Elliott said: "He won well. He's in again at Perth and Roscommon at the start of next week. I'll decide later what happens."

Asked about the funding crisis at the two local tracks - Downpatrick and Down Royal - Elliott said: "I hope it gets sorted - they deserve it.

"Downpatrick is second to none the way they look after owners, trainers and jockeys."

Navan trainer Gavin Cromwell maintained his current run of success - which included a double last week with As De Pique (Down Royal and Punchestown) - when Carberry completed a double when claiming the other handicap hurdle on the card.

Cromwell said: "I quietly fancied him coming up. We'll stay in or around that trip with him and he wants that (good) ground."

Carberry, at his brilliant best, clocked up another hat-trick at the venue when Fort Smith took the beginners chase after Edeymi fell at the penultimate fence.

Elliott - completing a double - stated: "Paul said nothing would have beat him - he has a mind of his own."

Bills Official sprang a 33/1 surprise in the handicap chase.

Winning trainer Martin Hassett said: "I was confident. We have only four in training and three have won."

The Jim Dreaper-trained El Grande - owned by the Conway family from Draperstown - landed the hunter chase with recently crowned Ulster champion point to point rider Noel McParlan in the saddle.

Katie Walsh won the concluding bumper on Waterville Rock.

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