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Homebred Champion Racehorses
3 winners from 3 runners:
Kayf Aramis winner Pertemps Final, Cheltenham Festival, 3x winner on the flat at York
Kaylif Aramis winner Grade 2 hurdle at Ascot
Zayfire Aramis winner chase at Worcester
Zayfire is in training with Cheltenham Festival winning trainer Michael Scudamore for Aramis Racing Partnership
20 October 2017
Knocked 'em for Six!
Top County Meath trainer claimed six of the eight races at Punchestown yesterday. Technically, Gordon Elliott's half-a-dozen didn't compare with his six-timer at Navan last November, because one of the winners, Pallasator, was running in a charity race. The highlight of his six victories was when the Davy Russell-ridden Death Duty made it his second win over fences in the Grade 3 Buck House Novices Chase.
Two of the races a Gordon Elliott runner failed to win at Punchestown yesterday were claimed by another County Meath-based rival. One of them was won by the Noel Meade-trained Gamut gelding who scored in the Irish Daily Star Star Chase for which a quality field of seven runners lined up, with Jonjo O'Neill's Minella Rocco sent off the 7/4 favourite on his first start since finishing second in last season's Cheltenham Gold Cup. The 25/1 outsider, Kilcarry Bridge, surged away at a powerful gallop, steered by Danny Mullins. Only Noel Meade's Cheltenham Festival and Ryanair Gold Cup winner, Road To Respect, and the Gigginstown House Stud-owned Sub Lieutenant were within striking distance of the leader as the field went round the home turn, with Minella Rocco on their tail. But it wasn't over yet. Sean Flanagan urged Road To Respect into the lead after the final fence and victory was secured by a length and a half.
He is Legend!
The charity contest mentioned earlier was the John Shortt Legends Challenge Race supported by a start-studded field of sixteen former jockeys, including Mick Kinane, Charlie Swan and Norman Williamson, racing in memory of former National Hunt jockey, John Shortt. The impressive Pallasator, a Doncaster Cup winner, when trained by Sir Mark Prescott, went to Gordon Elliott's yard this summer to begin a new career over hurdles. The Motivator gelding was understandably the 13/8 favourite for this one-mile-six-furlong contest and travelled powerfully throughout under the 1995 Cheltenham Festival top jockey, Norman Williamson and, leaving his rivals trailing behind, passed the post with eight-and-a-half lengths in hand.
The Story of Kayf Aramis
- full brother Kayf Aramis 85 runs & over £153,000 prize money, Winner Cheltenham Festival; 3xWinner at York Dante Festival
- full brother Kaylif Aramis, his career very sadly cut short at a young age: 3 wins, 4 places, over £59,000 prize money, Winner Ascot class 2; 2nd grade 3 Aintree