Russell was just denied his own treble in the first division of the 3m1f beginners' chase when his mount Beef To The Heels
was denied by a nose - but it was a nose that meant a lot to the young rider of the winner, Ballyhampshire Man.
co Ja Earlier the in day, Gordon Elliott landed the two-mile handicap hurdle with Beef To The Heels
We will discover today whether that run, under Paul Townend, greatly flatters the six-year-old Oscar gelding, or whether it was a reflection of his progress through a season which saw him beat the modest Beef To The Heels
in a Downpatrick maiden before scoring readily in a novice at Naas in late February.
His rivals include Gigginstown House Stud-owned trio Shrapnel, Beef To The Heels
and Il Fenomeno and the JP McManusowned Sitcom, with champion trainer Willie Mullins fielding Tennis Cap and Tasitiocht.
Davy Russell picked-up a three-day ban from the Down Royal Stewards for his whipuse on Beef To The Heels
, collared in the dying strides by 33/1 shot Station Lane in the Sean Graham Bookmakers Maiden Hurdle.
I've been so lucky to be able to ride some really talented horses like Roi Du Mee and Beef To The Heels
A chance is also taken on Elliott's Beef To The Heels
, who has to carry top weight in the two-mile handicap hurdle.
Mangan shines on Mee The association with Gigginstown House Stud and Gordon Elliott is doing the profile of Jane Mangan no harm, and having won two handicap hurdles in recent weeks on the same connections' Beef To The Heels
, she repeated the dose when landing the feature 2m7f handicap hurdle on Roi Du Mee.
In the other maiden hurdle Gordon Elliott's Beef To The Heels
gained a deserved win under the in-form Davy Russell.
But Walsh's mount might not be capable of conceding 8lb to Beef To The Heels
, no match for Mullins' mare Hats And Heels at Naas last time.
Gordon Elliott, trainer of Beef To The Heels
"He's gone up a lot in the weights for his two handicap hurdle wins and you would have to be worried about that, but he is in good form and Jane Mangan gets a really good tune out of him.
Earlier Gordon Elliott has a good chance of landing the second of the maiden hurdles with Beef To The Heels
If jumping adequately, Hats And Heels might prove too strong for BEEF TO THE HEELS, no match for the selection's stable-companion Felix Yonger in a maiden hurdle in Downpatrick.
There have been many other examples of her ability and at Punchestown on Sunday we saw further evidence of just how good a rider the Conna teenager is when she excelled on Beef To The Heels
in the 2m handicap hurdle for Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown House Stud.
The Jane Mangan-ridden Beef To The Heels
goes up 9lb to 123 after a convincing success in the handicap hurdle at Down Royal on Saturday.