Review Down Royal 4th Nov

Sat 4th Nov 2017, 16:40

Outlander put his best foot forward to register his third Grade One triumph in the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal.

The Lexus Chase winner beat only one home on his Punchestown comeback but had cheekpieces applied here and travelled sweetly near the lead under Jack Kennedy.

Road To Respect headedp>Outlander as they neared the last, but a good jump put Gordon Elliott's 16-1 shot right back in it and he stuck his neck out to score by half a length.

Odds-on favourite Our Duke was beaten a long way from home and was bitterly disappointing.

Owners Gigginstown House Stud also took the MyCarNeedsA.com Chase courtesy of Disko.

Noel Meade's grey was returning from his summer holidays but set out to make every post a winning one and kept up the gallop to see off Ballyoisin by half a length as the 5-4 favourite.

Top Othe Ra (12-1) scooped the good prize on offer in the Billecart-Salmon Handicap Hurdle.

Charlie Stout and Crossed My Mind were fighting it out at the head of affairs when the former caused some interference approaching the final obstacle, andp>Top Othe Ra took advantage of their scrimmaging, storming up the inside to pipp>Charlie Stout by a short head.

Espoir D'Allen made it two out of two since coming to Ireland with a dominant performance in the Value Cabs 3-Y-O Hurdle.

The 2-5 favourite eased to the head of affairs on the run to the final flight and stretched a length and three-quarters away from Kuraka, with Barry Geraghty not having to move him out of second gear.

Ten Ten (9-2) attracted plenty of market support prior to the Tayto Group Maiden Hurdle and justified it by fending off Dis Donc in a battle after the last.

Elliott and Kennedy backed up Outlander's victory when 5-4 favourite Poormans Hill took the Rainbow Communications Handicap Chase, and Elliott also won the Daily Mirror (Pro/Am) Flat Race with the Patrick Mullins-ridden 11-10 favourite Rapid Escape.

Elliott complete trebles with Rapid

Rapid Escape completed a treble on the card for Gordon Elliott when taking the bumper under Patrick Mullins.

THE IRISH TIMES