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Rise is on the up as wins keep on coming

By Ron McKnight

Racing at a damp Downpatrick had a feeling of deja vu with winners at the track last time scoring again.

Rise Of An Empire gave an impressive front running display to land the opener with Bryan Cooper aboard, repeating victory at the venue a fortnight ago.

Trainer Noel Meade said: "He's a big, big horse so maybe he's only just filling out. He was very close to being let go.

"Bryan (Cooper) said not to delay too long over hurdles with him before going over fences. We'll see but I imagine he'll run in another novice hurdle."

Tellthemnuttin battled her way to a short-lived victory in the handicap hurdle when coming with a belated challenge on the inside of Fiddle The Till which had attempted to make all the running.

Tellthemnuttin squeezed through under Dylan Robinson at the elbow into the straight however following a stewards enquiry the first past the post was disqualified with the jockey deemed to have ridden dangerously - receiving a 10 day ban - with the race awarded to the runner-up Quelle Belle Vie.

Twilight Shadow, trained beside the course by Brian Hamilton and with Grand National winning jockey David Mullins in the saddle, gained compensation having finished runner-up at the track last time when easily landing the maiden hurdle.

The drama continued in the first of the chases with House Limit crashing through the running rail three out, leaving Personal Shopper in front only to be beaten a head by Drumhart under an inspired ride by Sean Flanagan.

Joint owner James Murdoch Jnr said: "Job done! He showed plenty before for us. It's great for (trainer) Colin (McBratney) as well - it has come to fruition."

Crossgar handler McBratney was at Stratford to see his Quiet Account land the premier novice hunter chase, while stablemate Marito was second in the feature.

Lash It On won the handicap chase, while Kilna Shane proved best in the hunter chase.

Gordon Elliott's The Storyteller won the concluding bumper.

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