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Walsh's strong jumping clinches Turban triumph


TURBAN landed another valuable pot for the Willie Mullins team with a decisive success in the Underwriting Exchange Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse.

Ruby Walsh brought the 11/2 shot with a powerful bid to lead after two out, sealing victory with a big leap at the final fence.

Competitive Edge tried hard but was well held as Turban got home six lengths clear, with Lastoftheleaders third.

"He ran a nice race (over hurdles when second) in Cork and this is a nice race to win," said Mullins. "I'd imagine that was his Gold Cup. If he keeps improving we'll look at a graded race."

Mullins was completing a double having earlier struck with Gitane Du Berlais, who outpointed stablemate Vicky De L'Oasis in the Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle.

Paul Townend led a long way out on the lightly-weighted four-year-old and the evens favourite kept up the gallop to comfortably beat Walsh's mount by five lengths.

Waxies Dargle (11/1) took advantage of a slip by Daneking to land the Fairyhouse Schooling Races Maiden Hurdle.

The two jumped the last together but Daneking stumbled, losing valuable ground which let Tony McCoy on Noel Meade's runner, owned by JP McManus, go on and score by a length and three-quarters.

Tidy Zag (8/1) took his winning run to three with a clear-cut victory in the Fairyhouse For Fundraisers Handicap Hurdle. Ray Hackett's nine-year-old has gone up a total of 15lb in the ratings but it made no difference as he won by an eased-down length and three-quarters from Might Be Magic.

A change of tactics worked as Davy Russell made all the running on the Henry de Bromhead-trained Grand Jesture (5/4 favourite) in the Follow Fairyhouse On Facebook Beginners Chase. Hold Em Cowboy (9/4 favourite) got a trademark Paul Carberry ride to land the Ward Union Hunt Gathering Handicap Chase.

Grand Partner (25/1) landed the Buy Tickets On-Line At fairyhouse.ie (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race for trainer Tom Mullins and his amateur-rider son, David.