Saturday 3 December 2016

Mullins on the double as 'devils' lands feature

Published 10/09/2015 | 02:30

Bryan Cooper (pictured) teamed up with Willie Mullins to capture the featured Guinness Handicap Chase with the Michael O’Leary-owned Devils Bride on the final afternoon of Galway’s three-day September meeting
Bryan Cooper (pictured) teamed up with Willie Mullins to capture the featured Guinness Handicap Chase with the Michael O’Leary-owned Devils Bride on the final afternoon of Galway’s three-day September meeting

Bryan Cooper teamed up with Willie Mullins to capture the featured Guinness Handicap Chase with the Michael O'Leary-owned Devils Bride on the final afternoon of Galway's three-day September meeting.

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A big disappointment when sent off favourite for the Galway Blazers Chase six weeks ago, the eight-year-old had also ran poorly at Killarney last month and was sent off at 10/1 as a result.

However, Cooper's mount belied those odds by overcoming some trouble in running in the dip to mount a strong challenge on the long run-in before powering a length and three-quarters clear of runner-up Fosters Cross.

This completed a double for the champion trainer as Mullins also landed the beginners chase after Icy Reply (11/8) got the better of Milan Quartet by a neck under a determined drive from Ruby Walsh.

Jockey Adrian Heskin was another in double-winning form. Having captured the mares hurdle for Mags Mullins aboard Ballychorus (10/3), he then guided Jimmy Mangan's Perfect Promise (11/4) to a five-length success from Shantou Flyer in the Ryans Cleaning Chase.

The action switches to the sand this afternoon when Laytown hosts its annual fixture while the tide goes out at the Co Meath beach.

There are a couple of interesting raiders scheduled to take their chance, not least of which is the appearance of Herbalist for Jersey-based trainer Karl Kukk in the seven-furlong claimer.

Newmarket handler Phil McEntee is another trainer making a flying visit to this unique venue and he has secured the services of Katie Walsh for his Swiss Cross which will certainly give top-weight Strait Of Zanzibar plenty to think about in the O'Neills Sports (QR) Handicap.

In the opening six-furlong handicap, veteran campaigner Oor Jock looks the one to follow for Ado McGuinness and Declan McDonogh while Talented Kid can get the better of Usa and Pontificate in the finale.

Irish Independent

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