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Donal Murphy

Donal Murphy

Better Days Ahead completes Elliott four-timer

Better Days Ahead and Jamie CoddBetter Days Ahead and Jamie Codd
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Better Days Ahead rounded off a weekend to remember for Gordon Elliott, as he claimed the concluding Bar One Racing Giving Cash Back Daily (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race.

Successful on his sole point-to-point start when trained by Warren Ewing, the Milan gelding was subsequently purchased by current connections for 350,000 pounds.

Beaten into second by the smart Carnfunnock on his racecourse debut at Down Royal, he was sent off a 15/8 chance today.

Settled towards rear by Jamie Codd, the Bective Stud owned victor took closer order on the approach to the straight and swept to the front with a furlong and a half left to race.

He increased his advantage inside the final furlong and came home three-and-a-quarter lengths to the good.

Fellow point-to-point winner Chapeau Du Soleil, who was sent off the 4/6 favourite, proved a difficult ride for Patrick Mullins.

He dropped to fourth and looked a spent force early in the straight, but kept on again in the closing stages when brought to the near side running rail, eventually filling the runner-up berth

The front pair went six lengths clear of debutant Run For Harry in third.

"He's a nice horse. We thought he would win the first day but he's a proper horse and is one to look forward to. He'll stay in bumpers this season," Elliott said.

Paddy Power go 10/1 (from 20s) about Better Days Ahead for the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in March. The runner-up is also available at 10/1 (from 13/2) for the same race.

From the 15 races at Fairyhouse over the weekend, Elliott won seven, completing a four-timer this afternoon that came in at just over 1327-1.

Additional reporting by Alan Magee