Timiyan beats stablemate Rogue Angel to claim National glory at Kilbeggan

Big-race one-two for Elliott

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Gordon Elliott saddled a one-two in the Midlands National Handicap Chase in Kilbeggan on Friday evening as Timiyan got up to deprive Rogue Angel close home.

Rogue Angel, on his first start for Elliott, made a bold bid for glory when he picked up the lead with a circuit to go.

It was Timiyan and Mark Walsh though, who came home strongest to foil him by a neck at 12-1.

Elliott said: “I knew barring a disaster we were going to have the one-two so it’s great. We got the right result anyway and it didn’t matter which one won.

“I think it’s about the only National we hadn’t won so it’s nice to win it.”

Timiyan was the middle leg of a treble for Elliott as Barra (5-4 favourite) enjoyed her first crack at fences with a decisive eight-length victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase under Jack Kennedy.

Braid Blue (7-4 favourite) then stormed home on debut in the Book Online For Discounts INH Flat Race by six lengths with Lisa O’Neil doing the steering.

Willie Mullins and Paul Townend enjoyed a double at as Dreamtide held on in the Coola Maiden Hurdle.

Dreamtide, making her jumps debut for Mullins, collared Reaver on the run-in but still had to fend off Melly And Me by a head to justify 2-1 favouritism.

Mullins said: “We’ll stay over hurdles for the time being but I’ll go back on the Flat with her later on in the season.

“Being a half-sister to Wicklow Brave, it’s nice to have her.”

Mullins’ Robin De Carlow (8-13 favourite) was a clear-cut seven-length winner for Townend in the Tom McCormack Memorial Cup Mares Maiden Hurdle despite blundering at the last.

Championship leader Rachael Blackmore booted home her 23rd winner of the campaign, as 13-8 favourite Due Reward took the Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey Handicap Hurdle by a length and a half for Henry de Bromhead.

Declan Queally’s Bee A Beneficiary (12-1) came out best in a thrilling three-way go for the line in the Best Dressed Lady Competition At Kilbeggan Races Handicap Hurdle over an extended three miles, with Donagh Meyler getting her home.

Timiyan beats stablemate Rogue Angel to claim National glory at Kilbeggan
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