Elliott records Saturday Fairyhouse double ahead of huge Sunday showdowns

Avenir D'Une Vie and Conflated both picked up purses for Cullentra House

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Attention now turns to a grandstand Sunday at Fairyhouse, topped by the Hatton's Grace Hurdle

Gordon Elliott warmed up for a hugely important Sunday at Fairyhouse with a double at the same venue on Saturday, saddling the 1-2-3 in the feature Easyfix Handicap Chase, led home by new recruit Avenir D'Une Vie, writes Mark Boylan.

The bargain buy, purchased for just £9,000 from Gigginstown House Stud and Henry de Bromhead, ran out a ready winner of the €50,000 handicap, with Jack Kennedy enjoying his first winner since returning from injury.

"It was a great pot to win," said Elliott after his charge landed the six-runner contest. "We bought the horse with no owner but Lee Power took him, which was great. A big thanks has to go to Eddie O'Leary because he told me to buy him at the sales."

The Cullentra handler and Kennedy quickly doubled up thanks to a smart performance from Conflated in a 25-runner maiden hurdle.

The winning trainer said of the Gigginstown-owned five-year-old: "He's a nice horse, very keen at home and a chaser in the making. He had a nice run at Cork last time when learning a lot."

Elliott narrowly missed out on winning the bumper named after his late uncle Willie when the Joseph O'Brien-trained Assemble edged out Eskylane in a driving finish.

A big thanks has to go to Eddie O'Leary because he told me to buy him at the sales

- Gordon Elliott

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