GBI RACING

Delta delivers Pertemps Final success for Elliott and Russell

Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell (left) Delta Work just held Glenloe after a nail-biting duel on the climb to the line in the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham.
The 6-1 shot, giving trainer Gordon Elliott and owners Gigginstown House Stud a quickfire double after the victory of Shattered Love in the opening JLT Novices' Chase, was all out to hold his stablemate, who was sent off the 9-2 favourite.
Davy Russell showed he was none the worse after being stood down for the last two races on the second day, following a fall from Bless The Wings, when just getting the better of Barry Geraghty by a nose.
The always-prominent Connetable was two and three-quarter lengths away in third, with a further two and a half lengths back to Taj Badalandabad in fourth.
Elliott said: "It's a great day - the horses are flying.
"To have a first and second in a race like this is unbelievable."
Gigginstown boss Michael O'Leary admitted: "I thought we'd lost it on the bob of heads.
"He's improved, he had a light weight - he had a chance.
"It was a great finish. Two master jockeys, Barry and Davy, going hammer and tongs.
"Davy is worth a couple of pounds around here, particularly in these handicaps."

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