AS the betting suggested he would, Gordon Elliott dominated Sunday’s renewal of the Grade 1 Baroneracing.com Royal Bond Hurdle at Fairyhouse with the thoroughly exciting Envoi Allen and Cork's Davy Russell leading home Abacadabras to give the Cullentra stable a 1-2 in the race.
There was little between the pair between the final two flights, but the 8/11 favourite was quickest away from the last and was always holding the challenge of the well-backed 7/2 shot to the line.
Youghal native Russell was impressed after a job well done.
"He enjoyed going that big quicker today. I was really long at the last and it would have been silly to just fire him at it. It was a good solid performance.”
There are any number of options for both horses over the busy Christmas period and into the new year.
Bandon trainer James Dullea landed an easy success with the six-year-old Rocky’s Silver in the handicap chase at Punchestown on Tuesday.
Ridden by Conor Orr, the gambled-on 7/2 favourite was clear from the second last fence and had five and a half lengths to spare over the fast-finishing Guided By You at the line.
"He’s a great stalwart for the yard. He’s obviously better over fences and I’d imagine we will pick out something for him over Christmas time," said Dullea.
"He’s won around Limerick a couple of times and that would be the place for him. The conditions suited perfect today. The deeper the ground and the further they go the better he is.
"Conor gets a great tune out of him and it’s great for the owners Margaret and David Kiely.”
Champion jockey Paul Townend was in the saddle for two Willie Mullins-trained winners and Daryl Jacob did the steering on another as the champion trainer dominated at Thurles on Thursday.
Lisgoold's Townend had an easy time of it on Royal Rendezvous in the beginners’ chase as the 8/11 favourite accounted for the Gordon Elliott-trained Milan Native by three lengths in the colours of Dr Sean Fitzgerald.
The Grade 1 novice chase at Leopardstown later this month could be the seven-year-old’s next port of call and a step back up in class is certainly on the cards for both Elfile and My Sister Sarah which gave Mullins a 1-2 in the mares’ hurdle.
Townend was again in the saddle as the 2/5 favourite comfortably won by half a length for owner Kenny Alexander. In the colours of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, 8/13 favourite Fan De Blues completed the Mullins treble in the 2m maiden hurdle under Daryl Jacob.