ELLIOTT DOMINATES AT PUNCHESTOWN
12 February 2018
Gordon Elliott scored three of the seven races on the card at Punchestown on Sunday and it was HARDLINE (IRE) that gave him his first win of the day.
HARDLINE (IRE) made the most of a drop back in class to
earn black-type victory in the Listed Novice Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday. He
travelled well under jockey Davy Russell and a slight mistake from Riders Onthe
Storm (IRE) at the second-last flight saw HARDLINE (IRE) take the lead and stay
on to score by two and a quarter lengths for owners Gigginstown House Stud.
by Nadja Humphreys HARDLINE (IRE) is a son of Arctic Tack Stud sire Arcadio out
of the winning race mare Hidden Reserve (IRE), herself an own sister to the
Grade 2 winner Crocodiles Rock (IRE) and the Listed placed Fickle Fortune (IRE) .
six-year-old gelding is a graduate of both the Tattersalls and Goffs sales
ring. In 2012 he was sold by Jamestown Consignment to Hugh Bleahen for €20,000
at Tattersalls November National Hunt Sale and three years later, Mouse Morris
gave €115,000 for him at the Goffs Land Rover Sale. HARDLINE (IRE) went on to
win his sole point-to-point for trainer Pat Doyle.
HARDLINE (IRE) holds an entry for
the Grade 1 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival in March.
FOLSOM BLUE (IRE) provided the trainer with his second win of the day
when he landed the Grade B Grand National Trail Handicap Chase. Sent off favourite
on his first start over fences since joining Gordon Elliot’s ranks, the
11-year-old bay showed grit and stamina to hold off the challenge from
Isleofhopendreams to win by a credible length and a half.
Eamon Salmon-bred gelding is a son of the late Old Vic out of the Grade 3
scorer Spirit Leader (IRE), making him a half-brother to the Grade 1 hurdler
Prince Of Scars (IRE) and bumper winner Full Of Spirit (IRE).
BLUE (IRE) was sold at Tattersalls November National Hunt sale in 2007 by
Fortbarrington Stud to John Lightfoot for €40,000 and three years later he was
purchased by Midwest Bloodstock for €50,000 at Goffs Landrover sale.
the Gordon Elliott, “The BoyleSports Irish Grand National is the plan.”