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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Mullins claims Japanese glory

Carlow trainer lands top race

Published 16/04/2013 | 05:24

The best people in sport are the ones who look for new and bigger challenges. For some winning almost everything in your own country is only enough for a while. WIllie Mullins has had his eye on Japan for a long time and one success in particular.

The Nakayama Grand Jump is the biggest race in Japan and now the Closutton trainer can mark it off on his list as done. Blackstairmountain was saddled by Ruby Walsh to take the massive victory.

The eight-year-old was well beaten on his Tokyo debut when only ninth in the Pegasus Jump, but he stepped up markedly on that form in landing this richly-endowed Grade One contest.

A winner at the highest level at Leopardstown back in December 2011, Blackstairmountain stepped back up in trip to two miles and five furlongs to land Japan's premier jump race.

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