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Monday, 19 November, 2018

Elliott cut to evens for title after Navan four-timer

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Paddy Power eased Willie Mullins to 8-11 (from 4-6) and shortened Gordon Elliott into evens (from 11-10) for the Irish trainers' championship following Elliott's 73-1 four-timer at Navan on Sunday. 

Those four winners, including Death Duty who picked up €25,075 for winning the Grade 2 Navan Novice Hurdle, increased Elliott's lead over Mullins to €461,475. 

Navan results and analysis

Elliott has now earned €2,232,981 and trained 90 winners in Ireland this season, 28 more than Mullins, who has €1,771,506 in prize-money. 

The title rivals have taken it in turns to steal the show over the last few Sundays. The current pacesetter sent out six of the seven winners at Navan's previous fixture on the last Sunday in November, while the defending champion celebrated six winners at Punchestown and Cork last Sunday. 

The scene is set for a fascinating battle between the pair at Leopardstown and Limerick over the festive period and Mullins appears to have the stronger team for the Grade 1s with Min, Djakadam, Faugheen and Nichols Canyon all possibles at this stage.

The scene is set for a fascinating battle between the pair at Leopardstown and Limerick over the festive period
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