Baltazar D'allier wins well for Mark Walsh
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By Michael Graham
Gordon Elliott brought up a century of winners in Ireland this season when Baltazar D'allier overcame a long absence in good style at Naas.
The five-year-old gelding was last seen winning a point-to-point for Elliott at Maralin in April 2015.
In this contest he was chased to the second last by Wishmoor and, despite going through that flight, still travelled sweetly for Mark Walsh in the JP McManus colours.< Wishmoor soon came under Mark Enright's whip but could make no impression on Baltazar D'allier who jumped it well and increased the advantage to six lengths at the line.
The winner was returned the 6/4 favourite and gave Elliott a double on the card after Missy Tata took Grade Three honours in the Fishery Lane Hurdle.
Mighty Stowaway (25/1 to 14/1) rewarded his each-way punters byt getting up for second by a short head from 9/2 shot Wishmoor.
Gordon Elliott said: “He’s a nice big horse and is something to look forward to.
“He’s still very babyish and won’t come into his own until he jumps a fence.”
On hitting 100 winners, he added: “It’s nice to do it. Obviously last year we trained our first 100 winners but it was February before we did it.”
Additional reporting by Gary Carson