Monday 20 February 2017

Killultagh Vic impresses in Mullins four-timer

Published 20/12/2015 | 02:30

Jolly's Cracked ridden by Noel Fehily (r) and Sternrubin ridden by Richard Johnson head to the line before 'dead heating' during The Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot yesterday Photo: PA
Jolly's Cracked ridden by Noel Fehily (r) and Sternrubin ridden by Richard Johnson head to the line before 'dead heating' during The Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot yesterday Photo: PA

Killultagh Vic, a winner at both the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals last season, made a seamless transition over fences in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Fairyhouse - the first leg of a four-timer for Willie Mullins.

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While his success at Cheltenham came in handicap company, he handled the step up to Grade One class at Punchestown and looks set to take high rank in the novice chase division. Racing over two miles, a trip some way short of his best, he barely put a foot wrong in justifying odds of 1/5 under Ruby Walsh.

"We knew he stays and it's great to win over two miles," said Walsh.

Mullins quickly brought up a double with Roi Des Francs (8/13 favourite). Owned by Gigginstown House Stud and ridden by Bryan Cooper, he was unextended in seeing off classy hurdler Sub Lieutenant in the same colours.

A treble for Mullins and a double for Walsh was brought up by Allblak Des Places in the Book Online At fairyhouse.ie 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle.

Placed twice in France, he now runs in the colours made famous by Hurricane Fly. Walsh was hard at work on the run to the last and a better leap by Aidan O'Brien's Outspoken, a decent performer on the level, may well have seen a different result.

Outspoken rallied after the last, but went down by a length and three-quarters to the 1/3 favourite.

"He was a bit fortuitous and I'd say his experience won it for him," said Mullins. Three soon became four for Mullins as the Gigginstown-owned, Cooper-ridden Gangster skipped effortlessly clear in the Grade Three Kerry Group Stayers Novice Hurdle. The 5/6 favourite had far too many gears for Last Encounter, which was comprehensively beaten by 10 lengths.

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