Blood Cotil sparks double for Mullins
The Willie Mullins yard maintained its superb recent run with two victories at Fairyhouse.
Blood Cotil got the ball rolling under Ruby Walsh in the opening race when he justified his status as 4/9 favourite with a comfortable victory.
The French import was impressive on his Irish debut after cruising past Hazariban before opening the gap to cruise to a 17-length victory.
"The faster the pace, the more it will suit him and he's as hardy a horse as I've had around the place for a while," Mullins said. "He takes everything that I throw at him and it's interesting that Scolardy was a bit like that too. We'll find a suitable opportunity for him next."
The pair were on the mark later in the afternoon when Twigline returned to action after more than two years out to win the Fairyhouse Membership Maiden Hurdle.
It was a similar story for Walsh as his mount took control coming over the final flight but although the victory wasn't as emphatic as the stablemate, Twigline still enjoyed a win by three-quarters of a length from King Of The Refs.
"Twigline looks like a nice recruit and is a nice mare. She has had niggles (injuries), though, and was bought as a three-year-old and got a stress fracture but we then had her ready and she then had another one," Mullins said.
"They are obviously lucky owners (also owners of Quevega and Thousand Stars) though and we just gave her time and she has come right.
"We'll look down the mares' novice hurdles route now – she has plenty of gears and also stays. I'm hoping there'll be a nice bit of improvement."