Death Duty stamps class as Gordon Elliott dominates at Punchestown

Thu 19 Oct 2017
Death Duty Ptown 18

By staff

Death Duty made it two from two over fences in the Buck House Novice Chase at Punchestown.

The Grade One-winning hurdler was the 4-9 favourite to follow up his fencing debut success at Tipperary little over a fortnight ago and did so in good style under Davy Russell, beating Tout Est Permis by 11 lengths.

"He's a lovely horse. I didn't learn a lot from Tipperary as he was doing it so easy, but we learnt a lot more about him today. You'd have to be pleased. It's a pleasure to be riding these horses," said Russell.

"He's got an awful lot of pace, but time will tell where he goes. This won't be his biggest test for the year, so we'll have to find out a bit more."

Having also struck with Pallasator in the charity race, Samcro in the maiden hurdle and Ben Dundee in the Punchestown November Festival Handicap Hurdle, Elliott secured his fourth winner of the afternoon.

He said: "I've always thought the world of this horse. Last year I was of the opinion that he probably wanted three miles, but I'd say I might have been wrong, to be honest.

"He wasn't right in Cheltenham so, look, we'll put a line through last year.

"He was always bought to be a chaser and chasing is his game. He's a horse to look forward to.

"I'd say he'll go for the Drinmore (at Fairyhouse) now and I'd say he'll go straight there."

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