Storyteller back in the groove

The Storyteller provided Gordon Elliott with a sixth victory within the Irish Daily Star Salutes Our own Frontline Heroes Chase at Punchestown.

The Cullentra handler claimed back-to-back runnings of the Quality Three contest with Roi Man Mee in 2011 and 2012, prior to adding to his tally with Toner D’Oudairies in 2013 and saddling his Cheltenham Gold Cup champion Don Cossack to score in both 2014 and 2015.

The particular Storyteller spearheaded a four-pronged Elliott team in this year’s renewal — and with the 2018 Cheltenham Festival champion holding a match fitness benefit over several of his rivals, previously being on the go during the summer, he was your 2-1 favourite.

Ridden patiently by Keith Donoghue, the particular nine-year-old travelled strongly into the house straight before pulling seven . 5 lengths clear of the Noel Meade-trained Tout Est Permis.

Elliott said: “He was obtaining all the allowances and he was match, but he won well.

“He’s a great money-spinner and am wouldn’t mind having a few a lot more like him. He’ll probably go for the particular Grade One in Down Regal (Ladbrokes Champion Chase) now.

“I could see your pet running over hurdles as well, therefore we’ll mix and match with him. inch

Eskylane had previously extended Elliott’s excellent recent report in the Sherry Fitzgerald Brady O’Flaherty Maiden Hurdle.

Cheltenham Festival winners Labaik and Samcro won successive renewals for the group in 2016 and 2017, plus Eskylane was the 8-11 favourite to follow along with suit on his first start since completing fifth in last season’s Champ Bumper.

It was not really entirely plain sailing for odds-on backers, with Eskylane displaying the tendency to hang under Donoghue, yet he managed to hold the persistent problem of Gabynako at bay by fifty percent a length.

“I’d say he probably wants 2 and a half miles. He has a bit of age group, but he is still raw and also a big baby, ” said Elliott.

“He’ll step up within grade and could go to Navan for your Monksfield Novice Hurdle. ”

Zarkareva (5-1) claimed Quality Three honours in the Idealgraphix. for example Branding Irish Racecourses Novice Pursue.

A runaway champion at Sligo last month, Holly de Bromhead’s filly successfully walked up in class as the lady came from last to first below Dylan Robinson and passed the particular post just over two lengths free from Polished Steel, with hot favorite A Wave Of The Sea the close-up third.

“She gave me a great feel and when I inquired her to quicken, she winged the last and did it all simply, ” said Robinson.

“Her jumping got better as the competition went on. I was very impressed along with her. ”