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Gordon Elliott was caught in the middle of the back-slapping bonhomie but, suddenly, the expression on his face changed.
It had been another stellar day for Elliott, whose horses have conquered all before them so far this winter. Teahupoo had delivered the standout victory, taking the scalp of odds-on favourite Impaire Et Passe under a brilliant ride from stable jockey Jack Kennedy to retain the Grade One Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse.
There had also been a one-two in the Grade One Royal Bond Novice Hurdle when Farren Glory, again ridden by the outstanding Kennedy, got the better of King Of Kingsfield; this is how things have been for the past six weeks, with big prizes seemingly on tap.
Elliott is an ebullient figure, who backs himself relentlessly in the pursuit of winners, but as Teahupoo jig-jogged behind him after his exertions over two-and-a-half miles there was a moment of reflection and contrition. These days, he noted, need to be savoured. 'To be honest, we were here three years ago and I had everything — then we lost it all,' said Elliott.
This was the result of him being banned for six months after a photograph of him sitting on top of a dead horse, smiling, at his Cullentra Stables was published online and went viral.