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Mullins grabs his first pro victory


Fosters Cross with David Mullins

Fosters Cross with David Mullins

Fosters Cross with David Mullins

Fosters Cross gave young rider David Mullins his first winner as a professional when rolling back the years in the Horse & Jockey Handicap Hurdle at Thurles.

The 12-year-old provided the 7lb claimer, son of trainer Tom Mullins, with a red-letter day in what was a typically game performance to register a 13th career success. Mullins' stable stalwart jumped into the lead at the final flight and scampered three and three-quarter lengths clear of Mrs Mac Veale.

The 18-year-old rider, who had 12 winners as an amateur, said: "He was the perfect horse to start with and he owes myself or dad nothing at this stage. Coming to the last I took a pull and he had plenty left.

The trainer said: "I'm thrilled to give David his first win as a professional and he rode him very professionally."

Another father/son combination from the Mullins family, trainer Willie and amateur rider Patrick, struck with Lyrical Theatre in the Gift Horse Gallery Horse & Jockey Hotel Mares Maiden Hurdle.

However, the 2-7 shot made hard work of landing the odds, only getting on top close home to deny Annagh Haven by a length.

"She wasn't impressive but I was in two minds with her whether to go hurdling straight away or wait until next season and might have rushed the decision," said the trainer.

"I'm hoping to go to the bigger tracks with her and she'll go for a novice hurdle next."

Pylonthepressure (2-5 favourite) gave that team a double with an effortless victory in the Curaheen (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race. The Rich Ricci-owned four-year-old was not asked a serious question as he sauntered past the post seven and a half lengths ahead of Samson Bill.

RaceBets introduced Pylonthepressure at 16-1 for the Champion Bumper in March.


Bryan Cooper returned from a suspension with a winner as he got favourite Wrath Of Titans home in the I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle.

The Sandra Hughes-trained five-year-old led between the last two flights to win tidily by seven and a half lengths from Buck Dancing.

Kauto Grand Mogol easily won a four-horse affair for the Exit 6 To The Horse & Jockey Rated Novice Hurdle.

A half-brother to Kauto Star, Liz Doyle's runner cruised into the lead under Brian O'Connell at the penultimate flight and bounded 32 lengths clear of his toiling rivals.

First reserve Betterthanalright made the most of his chance to lift the Molony Cup Handicap Chase. Black Zero led at the final fence under Jonny Burke to take the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase by four lengths.