Treble leaves Gordon Elliott in seventh heaven

Gordon Elliott enjoyed the most successful day of his training career when he saddled a short-priced treble in Bellewstown last night to add to his spectacular four-timer in Perth in the afternoon.

Treble leaves Gordon Elliott in seventh heaven

“It’s been a great day, the best I’ve had in terms of numbers” he declared after watching Mustadrik, Be Seeing You and Moonmeister triumph at the County Meath venue.

“I have a nice bunch of horses, but I’ve always said that I have the best staff in the country.”

Rising star Jack Kennedy provided Elliott with the first two legs of his Bellewstown haul, bringing 6/4 favourite and top-weight Mustadrik from off the pace to record a convincing seve- length win in the Lime Kiln Gastro Pub Handicap.

“Jack is doing everything right at the moment and we might try to mind his claim over the winter,” said Elliott.

“This horse transferred his hurdle form to the Flat and will stay further. He’s in again here on Saturday (over hurdles) and we’ll see how he is.”

Kennedy struck again on Galway-bound Be Seeing You, who got the better of Colstonesober in the Seamus Mulvaney Crockafotha Handicap Hurdle while it was the turn of Luke Dempsey to partner 30/100 favourite Moonmeister to an effortless, all-the-way win in the Wintergrass Novice Hurdle.

Moonmeister will also head to Galway, with the four-year-old novice hurdle on the Monday a likely target.

Having ridden his first winner as a 5lb claimer in Fairyhouse on Wednesday night, Donnacha O’Brien was on the mark again when Sherlock Holmes, trained by his father Aidan, followed-up his maiden success in Ballinrobe by making all to justify 8/15 favouritism in the McCabes Mitsubishi Motors Handicap.

Elsewhere, the remarkably tough and consistent Bubbly Bellini captured the Tipperary feature, the three-runner Follow @TipperaryRaces On Twitter Race for Ado McGuinness.

Ridden by Declan McDonogh, the outsider of three came from last to first to beat Intensical and odds-on favourite Father Frost, which were locked in a dual before the home-turn.

“He hated every minute of it, on the ground,” stated McDonogh.

“I was being kind to him all the way around and wanted to have one go at them.

“I nursed him and when I switched him out, he took off, stuck his head down and kept trying hard. Ado has done a great job with him and, with a bit of luck, he’ll have a big chance in one of the top handicaps in the autumn, something like the Ayr Gold Cup.”

Another horse unplaced in the Rockingham at the Curragh over the weekend, struck when Willie McCreery’s Tylery Wonder defied top-weight in the Pride Of Tipperary Festival 2015 Handicap.

“He’s a good horse, but I just can’t make him out — he seems to sulk when he has horses around him,” said McCreery, who provided Billy Lee with the second leg of a double, initiated when the Andy Slattery-trained Kuramathi made a successful debut in the five-furlong two-year-old maiden.

“He’s a nice colt and has been working well, but I thought he might be one gallop short,” admitted Slattery.

“He’s a first runner in Ireland for his owners — they have horses in France and England. This fellow might go for the first nursery of the season, at the Curragh in two weeks — Billy says he’ll be better over six furlongs.”

Jim Bolger introduced another potentially smart juvenile filly when Glamorous Approach held longshot Prove The Point by a half-length in the maiden.

“Kevin (Manning) says she’s very nice, but still very raw and green,” said Bolger’s representative Ger Flynn. “He said she galloped away, but was a bit idle in the last 150 yards.”

Garvan Donnelly successful with Catwilldo in the sprint handicap in Bellewstown, completed an across-the-card double when Robbie Downey brought Plough Boy through to beat Art Scene in the 47-65 handicap.

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