Gordon Elliott: saddled a third of the field
PICTURE: Alain Barr (racingpost.com/photos)
By Alex Wiltshire 4:15PM 14 SEP 2016
Report: Listowel, Wednesday
Guinness Kerry National Handicap Chase, (Grade A) 3m, 4yo+
GORDON ELLIOTT fielded six in his quest for a first success in the Kerry National and it was Wrath Of Titans who travelled best to oblige in a gruelling contest, to keep the prize in the hands of Gigginstown House Stud who won last year with subsequent Irish National victor Rogue Angel.
It was a landmark victory for amateur jockey Lisa O’Neill, who celebrated her first chase win under rules and easily the most high-profile success of her career.
Gas Line Boy set a ferocious pace over the three mile trip and held pole position until the final two furlongs, when Wrath Of Titans swooped passed under a superbly timed ride from O’Neill to take the win at 7-1.
Rightville Boy, who was up with the pace for the duration of the race, finished second, Gas Line Boy held on for third, with Three Kingdoms fourth.
Lord Scoundrel, a stablemate of Wrath Of Titans, also looked threatening, however his challenge came to an abrupt end when falling close to home.
Elliott hailed ‘team player’ O’Neill for her maiden chase victory, “Lisa is a huge part of our team,” he said. “As well as race riding, she rides out, pre-trains, drives the horsebox and works in the office. She’s a great team player and I’m delighted for her.
“Michael (O’Leary) was keen to claim off Wrath Of Titans and I couldn’t really look beyond Lisa.”
Lisa O’Neill was thrilled with the victory: “It was very good of Gordon and Mr O’Leary to give me the ride.
“Wrath Of Titans travelled very well and jumped smartly. He seemed to really enjoy himself. It’s a brilliant feeling to have won such a big race for the yard.”