Gordon Elliott: Irish coach scores first win since return from suspension as Fancy Foundations scores in Sligo | Race News

Fancy Foundations recorded Gordon Elliott’s first victory since returning from suspension, with determined success at Sligo.

The main Irish trainer was suspended for 12 months, with half of that sentence suspended, after an image of him sitting on a dead horse was widely shared on social media in March.

Elliott was also ordered to pay costs of € 15,000 – the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board saying the sanction reflected “the seriousness of the infringement and the damage done to the Irish racing industry” after the image caused a general outcry.

After serving a six-month ban, in which Denise Foster took temporary control of the stables at Cullentra House, Elliott saddled his first rider since March 8 on Tuesday’s Flat map at Punchestown – where Oh Purple Reign has finished well beaten.

The Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning manager was widely expected to take off in the opening race on the jumps at Sligo on Wednesday, but 8-13 favorite The Sliding Rock made a big mistake trying to close in the Irish. Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase and finished third out of four runners.

Elliott watches with the owners of Oh Purple Reign in Punchestown
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Elliott watches with the owners of Oh Purple Reign in Punchestown on Tuesday

With Silver Star and Imperial Sachin also unlucky later on the map, it was left to Elliott’s Last Runner of the Day, Fancy Foundations, to offer the goods in the Templehouse Lake Chase – which he ultimately did in style. of fight.

Facing just three rivals, the tied favorite didn’t always convince in the jumping department, but dug deep for Denis O’Regan after the final close to take the best of Blackstair Rocco by four lengths.

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