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Gordon Elliott: Irish trainer lands first win since return from suspension as Fancy Foundations scores at Sligo

Fancy Foundations registered Gordon Elliott’s first win since his return from suspension, with a decided success at Sligo.

The main Irish trainer was banned for 12 months, with half of that punishment suspended, after a picture of him sitting on a useless horse was broadly circulated on social media in March.

Elliott was additionally ordered to pay prices of €15,000 – with the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board stating the punishment mirrored “the seriousness of the offence and the damage to the Irish racing industry” after the picture provoked large public outcry.

After serving a ban of six months, throughout which period Denise Foster took non permanent management of Cullentra House stables, Elliott saddled his first runner since March 8 on Tuesday’s Flat card at Punchestown – the place Oh Purple Reign completed effectively crushed.

The Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning handler was broadly anticipated to get off the mark within the opening race again over the jumps at Sligo on Wednesday, however 8-13 favorite The Sliding Rock made a nasty mistake when making an attempt to shut within the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase and completed third of 4 runners.

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

With Silver Star and Imperial Sachin’s additionally out of luck in a while the cardboard, it was left for Elliott’s remaining runner of the day Fancy Foundations to provide you with the products within the Templehouse Lake Chase – which he in the end did in battling fashion.

Faced with simply three rivals, the even-money favorite didn’t all the time persuade within the leaping division, however dug deep for Denis O’Regan after the ultimate fence to get the higher of Blackstair Rocco by 4 lengths.

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