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Gordon Elliott celebrated his 35th birthday in style thanks to a double at Navan

Updated: Saturday, 02 Mar 2013 18:45 | Comments

Trainer Gordon Elliott, who is 35 today, recorded a double at his local track
Trainer Gordon Elliott, who is 35 today, recorded a double at his local track

Gordon Elliott celebrated his 35th birthday in style thanks to a double courtesy of Realt Mor and Barneys Honour at Navan.

Realt Mor got off the mark at the second attempt for the County Meath trainer in the Follow Navan On Facebook Beginners Chase.

The 11-4 chance put his rivals to the sword under a positive ride from Davy Condon as he bounded home 25 lengths clear of Shinrock Paddy.

Barneys Honour was an easy winner of the Dunsany Handicap Chase to bring up the brace.

Paul Carberry produced the evens favourite to head the front-running Hidden Present and score by nine and a half lengths.

Champion trainer Willie Mullins was also in double-winning form.

Call Me Bubbles (11-8) got favourite backers off to a flying start with a cosy win in the N.I. Children's Hospice Maiden Hurdle under Paul Townend.

The four-year-old had disappointed on his hurdling debut at Leopardstown but left that run behind as he took it up a long way out and went away on to score by five lengths from Courage.

The trainer's son Patrick was in the plate as 6-1 favourite Rockyaboya stayed on strongly to defeat Brian Who by three and a half lengths in the Garlow Cross Handicap Hurdle.

It was a particularly sweet victory for Patrick, who also owns the gelding.

Mullins was denied a treble when Patanne was second behind the Dermot Weld-trained Some Tikket (4-1) in the concluding bumper.

Wise Oscar (11-10 favourite) continued the fine run of trainer Dessie Hughes and jockey Bryan Cooper when asserting in the closing stages to beat Sea Master by nine and a half lengths in the Newgrange Handicap Chase, while Mad Brian (9-10) was another favourite to oblige for trainer Gillian Callaghan and amateur Fergal Harford when they eased to victory in the Nobber Maiden Hurdle.

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