De Plotting Shed stars in Gordon Elliott treble at Naas
Triumph Hurdle hero Ivanovich Gorbatov well beaten
Triumph Hurdle hero Ivanovich Gorbatov was well beaten as De Plotting Shed continued Gordon Elliott's sensational form with victory in the Priory Walls Of Kilgowan Hurdle at Naas.
Having enjoyed a four-timer at Down Royal on Friday and another two winners on Saturday, the Cullentra maestro continued his incredible run with a Naas treble and a double at Cork on Sunday.
Tell Us More (7-2) got things going in County Kildare by landing the Brady's Family Ham Supporting Kildare GAA Poplar Square Chase, before De Plotting Shed (11-8 favourite) dominated from the front to complete his hat-trick under 7lb claimer Cian Collins.
Jessica Harrington's Jett looked set to make a race of it after closing the gap between the final two flights, but Collins had kept something up his sleeve and De Plotting Shed pulled away again to score by a comfortable eight lengths.
The Joseph O'Brien-trained Ivanovich Gorbatov was under pressure before the home turn and was a long way back in third place under Barry Geraghty.
Elliott said: "He'll keep to hurdles for this season and we can look at anything from two and a half miles up to three miles.
"He's improving and is a horse that should win plenty of races."
Geraghty said of Ivanovich Gorbatov: "His form tailed off after the Triumph Hurdle and you would have to say he was disappointing today.
"He was beaten before he made the mistake at the second-last. It's real good ground which should suit him."
The stable's hat-trick was completed by 1-2 favourite Brelade in the Courtyard Hotel Leixlip Supporting Kildare GAA (Pro/Am) Flat Race.
Attribution knuckled down for Geraghty to open his account over fences in the Ballymore Pipers Hill Supporting Kildare GAA Beginners Chase.
Henry de Bromhead's high-class hurdler finished runner-up to Ordinary World on his chasing debut at Fairyhouse last month and was the even-money favourite to go one better.
It was hard work for the market leader, with O Ceallaigh and Minella Scamp both in with every chance at the final fence, but Attribution showed a willing attitude to see off the latter by a length and a quarter.
De Bromhead said: "Barry said he got a bit of a fright at the ditch, but he jumped well after that. I thought he was in trouble after the second-last, but Barry said he snapped into the bridle again.
"It's nice to win his beginners chase. He could go for a novice at Navan next month, and there is a winners' race back here in January, but I'll have to discuss it with Michael and Eddie (O'Leary)."
Sir Scorpion was a 13-2 winner of the Paddy Osborne Memorial Brown Lad Handicap Hurdle for trainer Tom Mullins and jockey Mark Walsh.
Mullins said: "He's summered well and seems a lot stronger than he was. He was placed last season without winning. I'd say the ground doesn't really matter to him."
Mullins was on target again in the Palmerstown House Estate Supporting Kildare GAA Handicap Hurdle with the Paul Townend-ridden 5-1 shot Llancillo Lord.
Jockey Keith Donoghue also enjoyed a double, scoring aboard Tell Us More and Andrew Lynch's 7-4 favourite Ben Dundee in the Tegral Supporting Kildare GAA Maiden Hurdle.
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Source: At The Races