Elliott and Russell take the opener at Galway Races 2019

Lethal Steps (10/1) won the opener on Day 1 of the 7-day Galway Festival, the galwaybayhotel.com & galmont.com Novice Hurdle over 2 miles.

In the colours of Cheveley Park Stud, the Gordon Elliott-trained winner had the advantage of the far side rail under Davy Russell as he fought off the JP McManus pair Morosini (3/1), under Jody McGarvey and Winner Takes Itall (7/1), ridden by JJ Slevin, by two lengths and a further short-head respectively.

The 25/1 shot Ashqar and Kevin Brouder were another neck back in fourth, while the Willie Mullins-trained favourite, Authorized Art (11/8), who was in contention having jumped the final hurdle in the straight, quickly faded to finish in fifth position, another four lengths further back.

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