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.

Bred 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)   .

The 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.

The 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).

FOLSOM 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.

According the Gordon Elliott, “The BoyleSports Irish Grand National is the plan.”


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