Gordon Elliott planning Limerick trip for Death Duty

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Trainer Gordon Elliott has revealed stable star Death Duty will run at Limerick on Boxing Day in the Greenmount Park Novice Chase.

The bay gelding has enjoyed a stunning 2017 so far and connections are now lining up a number of races ahead of the Cheltenham Festival in March 2018. Death Duty started the year with a win at Naas before unseating Bryan Cooper at the Festival.

After finishing third at Punchestown, he has since won at the track and also notched victories at Tipperary and Fairyhouse. He was a Grade One winner over hurdles and his jumping career has started well under Elliott’s guidance. Elliott had entered him in a race at Leopardstown next week but Limerick is now the preferred option for connections. He told At The Races: “I’m 99 per cent sure I’m going to go to Limerick for the Grade Two. “I’m not sure three miles is what he wants now.

Davy Russell is actually on to me to bring him back to two miles, but that would probably suit Davy better, if he went to Leopardstown. “At the moment he’s definitely going to Limerick, Davy and Jack [Kennedy] will probably be in Leopardstown, so Keith Donoghue will ride him.”

Death Duty is 7.00 to win the JLT Novices’ Chase in 2018 but Elliott has a number of his stable in action around Christmas.

Tombstone is back in action on Boxing Day, while Apple’s Jade will run in the Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle on December 28.

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