Impressive Abolitionist cruises to National win
The ultra-consistent Abolitionist enjoyed his day in the sun with victory in the Leinster National at Naas.
Having enjoyed a winter break, the 12/1 shot benefited from a fine ride by leading conditional Rachael Blackmore.
Always travelling well in the middle of the pack, the son of Flemensfirth was steadily eased towards the front end and cruised to the front rounding the home turn.
Folsom Blue emerged as a threat but, with the rail to help, Abolitionist found plenty.
Bleu Berry got up in the shadow of the post to land the Irish Racing Writers Kingsfurze Novice Hurdle at Naas.
Willie Mullins swiftly completed a double as Townshend comfortably justified prohibitive odds of 1/5 in the John Kelly Beginners Chase.
Ball D'Arc came out on top under Bryan Cooper as four Gigginstown House Stud-owned horses battled it out for the Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase, while 20/1 shot Bluegrass Princess caused an upset by securing an 11-length success in the concluding Tipper Road Mares Flat Race.